Edgar Allen Poe-- The Fall of the House of Usher.

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The House of Usher falls, causing a fall to the House of Usher

Edgar Allen Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" is a chilling story written in the first person perspective through the eyes of a possibly crazed narrator. Part of the story's horror comes from the fact that the reader can never be entirely sure as to what is true and what is fiction. In any case, a main theme of the story is twin imagery. Many uses of identical traits exist in the story, like the similarities between the narrator and Roderick, or the fact that Roderick and Madeline are literal twins, but one pair of symbols stands out more clearly than the rest. In Edgar Allen Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" the house personifies the diseased, dying Usher family through its description by the narrator, the supernatural acts encountered, and the house's physical condition.

Throughout the story the narrator describes everything in a dark, dismal, dour mood. Everything about the house is dreary, all of the people are dreadful. The narrator starts his depressing spiel from the very beginning, when he's trotting up to the house upon his steed and he can only retell his feelings on the house as "a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded his spirit." (264) Then, upon the narrator and Roderick Usher first meeting, Roderick tells the narrator "I will perish." (268) Now, the narrator's uneasiness can work for Roderick or the house. The narrator's descriptions of the house usually end up applying to the Ushers, as well. He even describes his "view of the melancholy House of Usher" (264) when he first arrives, and is later "busied in earnest endeavors to alleviate the melancholy of his friend." (269) The narrator is...