The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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Alienation is a feeling of not belonging in society, caused by the general public’s or one’s own view of the world that causes a clash between what is considered good or bad—dissimilar or customary. Throughout the centuries, alienation has occurred constantly due to society’s fears of something or someone so dissimilar to what is considered part of the norm. And although there are two types of alienation—one that is self-decided and one that is forced upon by others—the negative results of it always remain the same. These harmful consequences as well as isolation itself is exposed and criticized in many works of literature, specifically: “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and “The …show more content…
And as the story progresses, the narrator herself slowly begins to agree with her husband and his methods while her alienation progresses (losing control over her own thoughts). Therefore, being stuck in a room that is something akin to a prison, her only comfort is her journal. By her saying, “But I must say what I feel and think in some way—it is such a relief!” (Gilman 4), this quote shows that the narrator’s alienation is causing her to feel lonely (craving for human companionship) and therefore feels the need to write her words down to a piece of paper because she feels that that sheet of paper is the closest thing to companionship (excluding the woman in the yellow wallpaper) that she has to communicate with. As her contact with the outside world decreases, the narrator begins to see “a strange, provoking, formless figure, that seems to skulk about behind that silly and conspicuous front design.” A frail quality of humans that is exposed in this quote is: that people’s minds are easily manipulated and are very pliable to let their imaginations run amok and see things that are not really there. Another sign of her descent into madness is when the narrator and her suspicion of her husband, John, and Jennie, believing that they are trying to solve the “mystery” of the woman in the wallpaper and her outrage over it, saying, “I am determined that nobody shall find it out but myself!”

In “The Fall of the House of Usher”, due to his alienation, Roderick

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