Analysis of the narrator of the "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe

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The Truth Behind The Narrator

Although it is widely believed that "The Fall of The House of Usher" is about Usher and his disease, the truth is that the story is really about the narrator. In a sense, the narrator generally symbolizes humans and basic human actions and desires. When people first read the story "The Fall of The House of Usher" they tend to believe that the story is about Usher, his sickness, his legacy, and his sister; but if the story is examined closely evidence that suggests otherwise would be obtained, in saying so I depend on language and the close examination of words to support this idea.

At the beginning of the story when the narrator first sees the house he is not scared or even set back by the image of the house but he seems to be fascinated by it and that is where human nature comes in.

People are generally fascinated by scary and mysterious ideas. Why do people watch scary movies or read scary stories? Humans generally like mysterious scary adventures and are fascinated by what is unknown. Why do people like visiting abandoned houses, or the houses that are believed to be haunted? And that is where the narrator's role comes in. At the beginning of the story the narrator said " I say insufferable; for the feeling was unrelieved by and of that half-pleasurable, because of poetic, sentiment with which the mind usually receives even the sternest natural images of the desolate or the terrible" this quote suggests that the narrator is not set back from the scary image of the house but he is excited and thrilled over the image of the scary wrecked house and that he is looking forward for the new adventure it...