The fall of the house of usher

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The fall of the house of usher

The Fall of the House of Usher

An unnamed narrator arrives at the House of Usher, a very creepy mansion owned by his boyhood friend Roderick Usher. Roderick has been sick lately, afflicted by a disease of the mind, and wrote to his friend, the narrator, asking for help. While admiring the spookiness of the house of usher, he explains that Roderick and his sister are the last of the Usher bloodline, and that the family is famous for its dedication to the arts. Eventually, the narrator heads inside to see his friend.Roderick indeed appears to be a sick man. He suffers from an "acuteness of the senses," or hyper-sensitivity to light, sound,and taste; he feels that he will die of the fear he feels. He blames part of his illness to the fact that his sister, Madeline, suffers from catalepsy (a sickness involving seizures) and will soon die, and part of it to the belief that his creepy house is sentient (able to perceive things) and has a great power over him. He hasn’t left the mansion in years. The narrator tries to help him get his mind off all this death and gloom by poring over the literature, music, and art that Roderick loves. It doesn’t seem to help.As Roderick predicted, Madeline soon dies. At least it seems so. All Edgar Alan poe writes is that Roderick tells the narrator she’s dead, and that she appears to be dead when he looks at her. At Roderick’s request, the narrator helps him to entomb her body in one of the vaults underneath the mansion. While they do so, the narrator discovers that the two of them were twins and that they shared some sort of supernatural bond. About a week later, on a dark and stormy night, the narrator and Usher find themselves unable to sleep. They decide to pass away the scary night by reading a book. As the narrator reads the text aloud, all the sounds from the fictional story can be heard resounding from below the mansion. It doesn’t take long for Usher to freak out; he jumps up and declares that they buried Madeline alive and that now she is coming back. Sure enough, the doors blow open and there stands a trembling, bloody Madeline. She throws herself at Usher, who falls to the floor and, after "violent" agony, dies along with his sister. The narrator flees; outside he watches the House of Usher crack in two and sink into the dark, dank pool that lies before it.

Quote 1: The narrator appears to be a man of common sense. He seems to have a good heart in that he comes to help a friend from his boyhood. He is also educated and analytical. He observes Usher and concludes that his friend has a mental disorder. He looks for natural scientific explanations for what Roderick senses. He criticizes Usher for his fantasies. The narrator believes that Usher is dwelling on his superstitious which is tenating him or occupying his mind. Quote 2: When he and Roderick go down to bury Madeline, he speculates that she may not be completely dead yet. Studying her face, he notes that her cheeks still have color which could indicate that she is still alive,.Yet, rather than mentioning his suspicion to his friend, he remains silent and continues the burial. He is ignorant to the fact that even though she shows signs of death she could still be alive. he still doesnt believe in the superstition of "near death" expericences. No that, that is what occured but close to it Quote 3: After occurances that he could no longer ignore he starts to admit that he is fearful as well, the strong influence of Ushers superstitions has made the narrator fearful as well. This is when he starts to change in theis story , and realizes that he has the mental disorder too, he accepts the fact.Quote 4: After both of the Ushers had died he fleaed the house and its influence on his mental disorder. He was riding away when he turned and looked at the house and it crumbled to the ground, and sank into a deep dark pool that is before the house. He assumes that now the house really did have a power over anyone that entered it, and once you left it, you escaped its wrath. And he knew that since both Ushers died there would be no one to have power over so it cracked and fell to the ground. The character now belived in the influence the house had on them and how it made them go crazy.

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Quote 1:"Enchained by certain superstitious impressions in regard to the dwelling which he tenanted"Quote 2:"the mockery of faint blush upon the bosom and the face..."Quote 3: "Rationally Usher's condition terrified, it infected me... I felt creeping upon me, by slow yet uncertain degrees, the wild influence of his own fantastic yet impressive superstitions."Quote 4: "...he entire orb of the satellite burst at once upon my sight—my brain reeled as I saw the mighty walls rushing asunder—there was a long tumultuous shouting sound like the voice of a thousand waters—and the deep and dank tarn at my feet closed sullenly and silently over the fragments of the “House of Usher.”

Overall how the Character Changed

In the Short Story The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Alan Poe, the narrator changes through out the story, he goes to help his childhood friend who he believes has a mental illness and slowly realizes that he too has some sort of this mental illness, and begins to adknowledge the sights and sounds of this mad house.

In the beginning of the story the Narrator believed that Roderick just had a mental disorder, that there was noting odd or wrong about the house, but the longer he stayed in the house the more and more he could see, hear and feel, he notonly couldnt sleep one night because the house was keeping him up, when he read the story to roderick the sounds from the fictional story came true, and they heard them from under the house. The character went from ignorant and logical, to a believer and crazy or mentally insane. He not only realized he was mentally insane but he also realized that it wasnt only that he was plain old crazy, but that the house made him crazy.

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