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The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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Often times in literature the author will correlate attributes of a character or things happening to a character with physical items or even other people within the story. This provides an indication of how a character is structured and sometimes foreshadows things yet to happen in the story. In the short story “The Fall of The House of Usher,” the author, Edgar Allan Poe, establishes two distinct parallels between three characters. Roderick is paralleled with both his twin sister, Madeline, and the actual house itself. Determining the similarities between these characters can provide an interesting literary exercise.
Roderick and Madeline being twin siblings should provide enough similarities to establish a parallel in itself, but there are other indications. Both Usher siblings suffer from debilitating ailments which Poe alludes to several times throughout the story. An example of this is when Poe states of Roderick, “an anomalous species of terror I found him a bounden slave” (Poe 235). The author does this again when writing: “I dread the events of the future, not in themselves, but in their results. I shudder at the thought of any, even the most trivial, incident” (Poe 235). Finally, he writes, “He was enchained by certain superstitious impressions in regard to the dwelling which he tenanted, and whence, for many years, he had never ventured forth…” (Poe 235). The terms “bounden slave” and “enchained” in these passages hint that Roderick is unable to move from his fears and is therefore stuck. Madeline is described as having “transient affections of a partially cataleptical character” (Poe 236). This means while suffering from catatonic fits she was physically unable to move, similar in nature to Roderick’s inability to move from his fears. At the end of the story, Roderick and Madeline both fall dead at the same time with “blood upon her white robes, and the evidence of some bitter struggle upon every portion of her emaciated frame” and she “bore him to the floor a corpse, and a victim to the terrors he had anticipated” (Poe 245). Madeline is physically exhausted from forcing her way out of a locked coffin and crypt which results in her death. Roderick, upon seeing his sister alive, basically dies of fright given the earlier quote concerning his trepidation of things to come. The parallels involving Roderick and Madeline are numerous and show an insight for the effect siblings can have on each other.
Upon first seeing the house our narrator describes a dismal, depressing scene which later can also describe the narrator’s first impression of his host, Roderick. The protagonist is much affected by the house in that “with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded [his] spirit” causing him to look “upon the scene before [him]…with an utter depression of soul” (Poe 231). He goes on further explaining how...

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