Double Meaning in The Fall Of The House Of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

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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
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The fungi could quite easily represent the very illness that plaques Roderick and Madeline, slowly destroying his mental and her physical states. The Usher clan as the narrator put it, “in the direct line of descent.” The line that tells us there has been no extraordinary dilapidation could be referring to the Usher’s extremely pure bloodline. The “there seemed to be a wild inconsistency between its still perfect adaptation of parts and the crumbling of the individual stones could easily be a reference to Roderick and Madeline. They are the perfect adaptation of that pure bloodline, yet they are “crumbling” or falling apart.
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

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