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Home of the madman Roderick Usher and his twin sister Madeline.
The house is connected to the surrounding land by a narrow causeway, but the link is tenuous and precarious. The atmosphere above and around the house has been poisoned by the exudations of the tarn, becoming eerie and pestilential.
The house is ancient, its whole exterior being infested by fungal growths. Although it retains its form when the narrator first sees it, he is aware that every individual stone comprising its walls is on the point of crumbling.
He also observes an almost imperceptible crack extending in a zigzag fashion from the roof to the foundations. The storm which precipitates the final destruction of the edifice is manifestly unnatural, originating within rather than without.
The vaporous clouds which gather about the turrets of the house are lit from below by luminous exhalations of the tarn. These clouds part just once, as the narrator flees from the house, to display a blood-red moon. It is by the ominous light of that celestial lantern that he sees the narrow crack widen, tearing the house apart from top to bottom so that its debris might collapse entirely into the tarn.
Entered through a Gothic archway, the hallway has black floors. Its walls are covered with somber tapestries and its corridors decked with creaky relics of ancient arms and armor.
It is in one of the deepest of these—a cramped, damp and lightless covert used in olden times as a dungeon—that Roderick and the narrator place the body of the seemingly dead Madeline Usher.
Following her interment the house becomes noisier than before, even from the viewpoint of the narrator. The hypersensitive Roderick hears the miscellaneous knocks, creaks, and rumbles even more keenly, and the transformations imposed upon them by his vivid imagination are fed back into the fabric of the house.
The frequent use of the castles and mansions that are the centerpieces of most gothic novels to model the troubled minds of their owners was not always as deliberate, but Edgar Allan Poe understood exactly what was going on when such edifices were afflicted by supernatural visitations and battered by storms.
No one else had drawn such parallels so minutely, nor mapped the course of a symbolic tempest so accurately.The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe Last Update: July 21, Navigation: Edgar Allan Poe, “The Fall of the House of Usher” (reprint), The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe (), 1 even with effort, connect its Arabesque expression with any idea of simple humanity.
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Ever wondered how The Fall of the House of Usher follows the standard plot of most stories? Come on in and read all about it. Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “The Fall of the House of Usher” (Text), Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine (Philadelphia, PA), vol.
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About The Fall of the House of Usher. The Fall of the House of Usher written by Edgar Allan Poe in l is regarded as an early and supreme exam- ple of the Gothic horror story, and it has the usual Gothic elements found in most works by Poe.
The Fall of the House of Usher To understand "The Haunted Palace," one must understand the context in which it appears. The short story "The Fall of the House of Usher" is one of Poe's most acclaimed, famous works.
It tells of the fall — literal and figurative — of the House of Usher, an old family in a state of decline.