He is clearly a product of his time, which in terms of literature, is called the Romantic era. The Romantic movement was one which began in Germany, moved through all of Europe and Russia, and, almost simultaneously, changed the entire course of American literature.
Summary Analysis The narrator of "House of Usher" is passing on horseback through a dull part of the country on a grim day, when he comes across the House of Usher. The sight of the house fills him with dread for some reason.
Looking upon the bleak walls and windows is like waking up to horrible reality from an opium dream. This is typical of Gothic literature. The bleak horror of this scene is bound to correspond to greater horrors within.
Active Themes The narrator of "House of Usher" tries to explain to himself how the house has this effect on him, but it is beyond him. This leads the reader into thinking that something unexplained, even paranormal, is afoot.
Active Themes Despite all this, the narrator of "House of Usher" is planning to stay at this very residence. The narrator remembers them being close friends in their childhood but that Usher always had a reserved temperament.
Active Themes Another illuminating fact about the family is the purity of its lineage — it is one direct descent, with no branches into other families — so the name the House of Usher, has come to refer to both the building and the family itself.
The isolation of the Ushers and their fateful connection to the physical property of the family are ominous details.
The narrator of "House of Usher" describes looking down into the water and feeling his superstition about the house increase within him. He explains that feelings of terror often increase the more one becomes conscious of them.
He thinks it might be this phenomenon that causes the scene to appear even ghastlier and stranger when he lifts his eyes to it again. He tries to shake off the feeling and examine the house properly.
The narrator tries to reason out his sensations. Active Themes The narrator of "House of Usher" notices the extreme age of the property, but that some parts are crumbling and others are fine. Poe uses architecture to portray mystery. Active Themes On the way, the narrator of "House of Usher" passes many striking objects and images on tapestries and carvings, and he feels again that haunting sensation.
He is led into a huge room, whose windows were so high that they could not be reached.
The narrator struggles to see everything inside the room because of the light, but sees that it is generally filled with tattered furniture and books and musical instruments.
The room fills him with gloom. Each vision that the narrator passes on the way to see Usher creates a recurring sensation of dread. The images on the walls, the warped height of the room, the objects from the past make a list in the narrative and create the feeling that the narrator has stepped into another world.
The familiar is distorted in this house — and the menace of the doctor, a traditionally kind figure, makes the narrator vulnerable. Active Themes Usher rises and greets his old friend eagerly, which the narrator of "House of Usher" can tell is very sincere, but he can see that the man is completely changed, has become very pale and thin and his eyes have a strange luster.
In this mania, he tells the narrator of "House of Usher" about his illness. He says it is a family complaint. He describes his symptoms as unnatural sensations, like aversions to light and food and a general feeling of terror. He thinks that this terror will kill him. It is not that he fears danger, but the condition of fear itself.
The House of Usher and the Usher family are attached by name. Active Themes Usher also suffers from a superstitious nature, especially related to the House of Usher — he feels that he cannot leave the building, and that the dilapidation and ugliness of its features has somehow affected his own condition, the physical rotting of the structure corresponding to his own rotting spirit.
As the building appears to rot and age, so do the characters. Active Themes But Usher also explains that his symptoms can be attributed to a more comprehensible cause, the long term illness of his beloved sister, his only remaining relative and companion.
He talks about her with unbearable dread, and just at that moment, the lady Madeleine passes through the room, and the narrator is filled with a similar sensation of horror.
As soon as the lady has gone, the narrator looks to her brother and sees him weeping.The Fall of the House of Usher DURING the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country ; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher.
The Fall of the House of Usher, story of supernatural horror by Edgar Allan Poe, published in in Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine and issued in Tales (). Britannica Classic: Edgar Allan Poe's “The Fall of the House of Usher” Science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury discussing Edgar Allan Poe's “The Fall of the House of Usher” in an Encyclopædia .
Poe addresses the dual and conflicted nature of the Self. Theme: Isolation's power over mind and body.
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