Double Meaning in The Fall Of The House Of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
If there is one thing that is widely agreed upon in regards to Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” it is surely the fact that the short story is one of the greatest ever written. The very words that Poe selects and the manner in which he pieced them was nothing short of phenomenal. This however, is pretty much all that people are able to agree upon. Indeed, to almost everyone who reads it sees the story as great, but for different reasons. In a way the tale can be compared to a psychiatrist’s inkblots. While everyone may be looking at the same picture, they all see different things. What mainly gives “The Fall of the House of Usher” this quality …show more content…
These and many other clues in the text indicate that when our narrator refers to the house and its human characteristics he is also referring to the family that occupies it at the same time. While he is most likely directly referring to the building in these opening lines, the indirect similarities and references are there for a reason. They let us know that the building and its dwellers are one, and are likely to even share the same soul.
The relationship between Roderick and Madeline Usher is essential to the understanding of the tale. It becomes obvious that the two were most likely lovers when the narrator reveals that the Usher family was one that practiced incest. However what is not blatantly apparent is the fact