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Edgar Allan Poe

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the-fall-of-the-house-of-usher-edgar-allan-poeHouse of UsherRepresents the decay brought on by years of mental and physical health issues Mirrors the horror and chaos inside the house as Madeline escapes from her tomb and attacks Roderick EyesSymbolize the spirit of a person as that spirit is illuminated or extinguishedWeatherSymbolsSources: Double Vision edited by Darby Lewes, The Poe Decoder, The Poe MuseumCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Madeline Usher Ill woman suffering from seizures; collapses on and kills her brother NarratorWilling but fearful friend; witnesses the death of Roderick and Madeline and collapse of the house The Fall of the House of Usherby the NumbersCopies printed of Poes first collection of stories, which included The Fall of the House of UsherYear a film adaptation ofthe story starring Vincent Price was releasedSignificant branches on the family tree of the Ushers, implying incest was common in the family Year the tale The Robbers Towerby John Hardman was published, the story on which Poes tale is based182875019600Poes skill with the horror genre is evident in many of his short stories, particularly in The Fall of the House of Usher.” In this tale he twists the psychological and physical together until the readeralong with the narrator—is unsure of what is real and what is imaginary.EDGAR ALLAN POE1809–49The Fall of the House of Usher” traces the parallel demises of a literal house and the incestuous line of the Usher family. When the narrators friend Roderick Usher mysteriously invites him to visit, he agrees—but he is unprepared for the deathly appearance of Roderick and the terror that awaits him in the claustrophobic home.The Heart Is a Suspended Lute MOTIFSRoderick UsherSickly, paranoid man;last of the Usher line Main CharactersSoundsFearGrating hinges, screaming, and ringing sounds terrorize Roderick and the narrator.IllnessRoderick is preoccupied with mental and physical issues that end up overtaking him and his sister. As tension builds, the narrator and Roderick grow more fearful of both their imaginary and real experiences. ClaustrophobiaThe sensation of being trapped increases steadily and culminates in Madeline being buried alive.AuthorNarratorfelt creeping upon me, by slow yet certain degrees, the wild influences of his own fantastic yet impressive superstitions.Edgar Allan Poe1839EnglishShort StoryAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageThe Fall of theHouse of UsherHorror

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