Fall of the House of Usher

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Mrs. Hubbard American Lit Spring 2011 March 30, 2011 The Fall of the House of Usher The Fall of the House of Usher was written by Edgar Allan Poe. Why was this story so popular in 1839? The reason why this story was so popular in that time period was because people were just then starting to read more writing besides just the bible. The narrator describes how he saw the house where his friend lived and got a since of fear and dread. Those feelings of sadness, anger, and loneliness that the narrator feels had started to gradually turn into madness as the days went by. In the end of the story everything goes wrong. The house of Usher falls and crumbles to the ground. The Fall of the House of Usher holds the tale, how one man struggles losing his loved ones from Tuberculosis and shows Gothicism. When the narrator is riding towards the house, he suddenly gets these feelings that he did not enjoy. When he goes into the house, the house was not what he had expected it to be. He walks through tons of rooms that had cobwebs and dust all over the furniture, it was dark and gloomy. Then he meets his childhood friend Roderick Usher, when he saw Roderick he notices something different about him. Roderick was white as a ghost, he could since the madness and fear inside his friend. This means that there will be lots of strange things that will happen throughout this story. It also means that the real house is somehow connected to the family that lives inside it. One example is that in the end of the story when Roderick Usher died then Madeline Usher both died at the same time. Then the house just crumbled to the ground on them. “So while telling an eerie tale of gothic horror, Edgar Allan Poe managed to echo the literary past. Embody contemporary ideas and imagery, and anticipate the development of modernism” (“The Fall of the House of Usher”). This means that

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