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Introduction

Poe's intention when writing "The Fall of the House of Usher" was not to present a moral, lesson, or truth to the reader; he was simply trying to bring forth a sense of terror to the reader. All of the characters in "The Fall of the House of Usher" are linked to death; by physical objects or by other people. The physical aspect of the House of Usher symbolizes death, in the chain of events, during the story. Even Poe's description of the house has deadly characteristics. Poe describes the house as having "eye-like windows" and being covered by "minute fungi...hanging in a fine tangled web-work from the eaves (fungi eats off the dead remains of other organisms); a barely perceptible fissure, which, extending from the roof of the building in front, made its way down the wall in a zigzag direction, until it became lost in the sullen waters of the tarn". This "fissure" is presented to the reader, early in the story, to represent that Roderick's love for his twin sister, Madeline, was dying, because she was suffering from a mysterious malady, or disease, that baffled her doctors. ...read more.

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Madeline was his connection in the human "realm". He knew that his love would eventually kill her, and it did. They loved without any resistance and eventually dragged each other to death. In the end, Roderick's guest (the narrator) finally expresses that Roderick is truly a madman. The purpose for this is that Madeline was alive when they sealed her in the coffin. Usher knew that he had done this many days before, "Long-long-long-many minutes, many hours, many days, have I heard it-yet I dared not-oh, pity me, miserable wretch that I am!-I dared not-I dared not speak! We have put her living in the tomb!. After Usher finally speaks about what he knew, a figure of Madeline appears to them, "...but then without those doors there did stand the lofty and enshrouded figure of the lady Madeline of Usher". She came back to receive Roderick's soul that had been lost because of her non-existence. He fell to the floor and the narrator flees the House of Usher. ...read more.

Conclusion

Death usually means the end, but in a spiritual sense the soul is brought back to a state of comfort and pleasantness. Even though all of the characteristics of the Usher name were completely obliterated, it will live on through the minds of Poe's readers. The readers can draw conclusions about what happens after the death of Usher. Poe was trying to present death as being so horrific that others involved would be affected by what was to come. Realizing that his friend had changed over the years, the narrator, feared for Roderick as for himself.Usher was already in a state of madness when the narrator arrived. In this case, the narrator could have been drawn into Roderick's lost state, but he did not let himself get attached to the situation completely. If he hadn't left the scene of terror, the narrator, would have died in the collapse of the house. Understanding the symbolism of Poe's work can make the reader confused. It seems as if all the characteristics of a person or an object are linked to one theme. Death was the main theme of "The Fall of the House of Usher. ...read more.

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