Fear In The House Of Usher : E Essay

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The Fear in the House of Usher
The short story, The Fall of the House of Usher, uses a rational first person narrator to illustrate the strange effects the house has on the three characters within it. Everything about the house is dark and supernaturally evil, and appears to convey some fear that is driving its occupants insane. The narrator enters the story as a man with a lot of common sense and is very critical of the superstitious Usher, but he himself senses these same powers only he tries to escape the reality of the phenomena by reasoning or focusing on something else. Edgar Allen Poe, the author of this short story, is trying to show through the narrator that the denial of our fears can lead to insanity, much the same way it has
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As the story progresses, the condition of Roderick Usher deteriorates and his insanity becomes even more evident, especially after the burial of Madeline. This is evident when the narrator notices that Usher now “roamed from chamber to chamber with hurried, unequal, and objectless step. (1383)'; The narrator was very concerned with the development of Usher’s condition and even went so far as to say that “his condition terrified-that is infected me. (1384)'; The narrator was admitting that the superstitions of Usher were “creeping upon'; him, but he refused to let go of his rationality and excused what he was sensing as nothing. Although his statements clearly show that he has also succumbed to the fears that Usher had, he does not recognize that his feeling are derived from a fear within him, something he has been sensing since arriving at the house.
The climax of fear for both Usher and the narrator comes “late in the night of the seventh or eight day after the placing of the lady Madeline within the donjon. (1384)'; It starts out with the narrator in his room and he is unable to sleep, he had to “struggle to reason off the nervousness which had dominion over me. (1384)'; He goes on to rationally explain his uneasiness, blaming the “bewildering influence of the gloomy furniture of the room-of the dark and tattered draperies… (1384)'; Eventually the

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