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discussion 6 - It is an ambivalent feeling that he can not...

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I thought I would write my post about “The Fall of the House of Usher” and the Freudian reading of the piece that we used to analyze it. Fear is a very prevalent force in the short story. Usher deals with fear and this quote describes that fear, “In this unnerved—in this pitiable condition--I feel that the period will sooner or later arrive when I must abandon life and reason together, in some struggle with the grim phantasm, FEAR." Fear is a characteristic of the uncanny, frightening, fearful state that is the “unheimlich.” The narrator of the story also tells of the unfamiliar experience he has when he sees the house.
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Unformatted text preview: It is an ambivalent feeling that he can not quite describe and is very like the “unheimlich” He describes it, “What was it that so unnerved me in the contemplation of the house of the Usher?” In high school, we studied this poem and the main focus of our analysis was the metaphor of the house symbolizing Usher’s mental condition. The house falling down was like Usher’s mind falling down. If you stretch, it is similar to the Freudian perspective of the “castration anxiety” and Usher fears his sister for this reason too....
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