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The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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“The Fall of the House of Usher” is a classic horror story written by Edgar Allen Poe. Edgar wrote descriptively through the physical setting, the first person point of view, and the uniquely dynamic characters. These elements worked together to create suspense and kept the readers curious.

The first fiction of element begins in the very first paragraph. The unknown narrator described the day as a “dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year…”. The setting while the narrator was driving described the day as a cloudy day and in autumn. This season usually represents dying, which led the readers to the House of Usher. Next the narrator explains the landscape and exterior appearance of the house. “I looked upon the mere house, and the simple landscape feature of the domain-upon the bleak wall-upon the vacant eye-like windows-upon a few rank sedges-and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees”. In this one sentence there were numerous characteristics of the house that could be traced back to death. The bleak wall and vacant eye-like windows were both descriptions of the exterior of the house. These show how plain and dull the house looked from the narrator’s perspective. Next the narrator described the landscape, “ a few rank sedges- and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees”. This was a contradictory part of the sentence, because the narrator said this house was surrounded by a swamp-like area. Therefore, the tree should have had plenty of water to stay living. Yet the trees were described as having white trunks and the narrator even said they were decayed trees. All of these provide the reader with an idea of what the house looked like. A worn down house that hasn’t been renovated and could be pictured as the traditional haunted house.

The point of view of this short story is told in first person. Even though it is told in first person the reader do not know the name of the narrator, the only thing that is know is the narrator is the boyhood friend of Rodrick. The narrator’s purpose for going to the House of Usher is told when he received the letter from Rodrick that explained that he was terribly ill and needed a friend to be there with him. Upon arrival the narrator notices the house, later he entered the house and noticed many strange paintings, and unfortunately he experienced the sight of what was told to be Rodrick’s dead sister Madeline as she “rose from the dead”. When the narrator walked through the house he was extremely disturbed by the paintings that hung on the walls. He explained that he felt like the...

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