The fall of the house of usher

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The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allen Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" main characters parallel the house that they inhabit. The two siblings, Roderick and Madeline Usher, that occupy the Usher house have both become very elusive, and mentally ill because of the house. The erosion of both the physical house of Usher and the people of the house Usher are comparative to each other. As the physical house of Usher crumbles, so do the family members in turn. As each brick in the house erodes, so do the minds of the Usher family. As Roderick Usher crumbles there is a sense of approaching doom is descending upon the entire household. Both the house and the Ushers are awaiting collapse. When Roderick collapsed to the floor dead, the narrator ran from the house, as he "saw the mighty walls rushing asunder" (1405). When the Ushers deteriorated, the house did too, until they eventually fell together.

The poem "The Haunted Palace" (1397) makes the same connection between the house and its inhabitants, and resembles the story itself. In the poem the house was "once a fair and stately palace" (1397), just as the family Usher was. Over time, the house deteriorated along with the emotions of the people occupying it. Apparently, the house has been overcome by evil and the happiness the once lived is now just a memory. The current state of the house is a dim and depressing one, as described in the poem: "A hideous throng rush out forever, / And laugh -- but smile no more" (1398). The story within a story to creates further description of how the house and family relate to each other. The lives of the two were synonymous as they both lived and fell at the...