The Fall of the House of Usher
“ With an utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation more properly than to the after-dream of the reveller upon opium- the bitter lapse into every day life- the hideous dropping off of the veil.” The story starts in a frightening and scary ambiance, as described in the quote mentioned above. The narrator talks about an environment, which is hard to distinguish if it is a reality or a dream. In the quote the narrator describes his mood and the atmosphere of Usher’s house, from the outside, at the first glance of the house. In the beginning paragraphs of the tale, the narrator talks about the house and the sickness of the Usher. The unnamed narrator is a friend of Roderick Usher. Upon receiving a letter from Usher who is suffering from a body illness the narrator decides to visit him at his house. Knowing he is under the influence of opium, and the way he describes certain subjects, it is hard to say if the narrator is reliable or not. After reading the story, I believe the narrator is somewhat unreliable. The parts that the narrator talks about Madeline, and also the last part when he is explaining the falling of the house, clearly implies that he is not so realistic.
“While he spoke, the lady Madeline (for so was she called) passed slowly through a remote portion of the apartment, and, without having noticed my presence, disappeared.” Isn’t this quote like a dream? It seems like Madeline is a ghost, who just came into the view of the narrator, without noticing him and disappeared like she never was there. Madeline, Usher’s sister, was extremely sick and her disease was “a settled apathy, a gradual wasting away of the person, and frequent although transient affection of a partially cataleptical character.” Once Usher thought Madeline’s died so he and the narrator buried her in a vault in the house. Madeline was alive and Usher and the narrator could hear her screaming and struggling, so why didn’t they save her? After several days, while the narrator and Usher were in the narrator’s room and he was reading a book for Usher, Madeline returned and killed her brother. Was Madeline a ghost and she wants to payback? Was she a hallucination of the narrator? Or was she alive, and she survived all that time in the vault, and now she wants to retaliate by attacking her brother and revenge him because he buried her alive? I believe that Madeline was just the narrator’s illusion and she never existed while the narrator was in the house of Usher.
In 'The Fall of the House of Usher', Poe uses the life-like characteristics of the decaying house of Usher as a device for giving the house a supernatural atmosphere. This not only makes the story act upon the reader in a grabbing way, but it also creates an impression of fear, mystery and horror, typical for Poe's literary works. For example, from the very beginning of the story, the reader can ...
In the last paragraph the narrator talks about the falling of the house. The house was destroyed exactly in the moment that Usher and his sister died. “ I saw the mighty walls rushing asunder- there was long tumultuous shouting sound like the voice of thousand waters- and deep and dark tarn at my feet closed sullenly and silently over the fragments of the HOUSE OF USHER.” The way that the narrator describes how the house of Usher gets destroy, it is like no one will know if the house ever existed in the first place. The description of the falling of the house gives me the feeling, that the house was the hallucination of the narrator, and it never existed there. The house of Usher is the symbol of the Usher’s family, and by crashing the family the house also destroyed. This whole thing is like, the family and the Usher’s house was just a dream of narrator
The narrator of “The Fall of The House of Usher” confuses the reader’s minds. It is hard to decide about the reliability of the narrator. It is hard to distinguish, because the descriptions are unclear and vague. They look more like a dream than a reality, and it is hard to believe them. The fact that the narrator was on drug, when he was going to Usher’s house, makes him not trustworthy. In my opinion the narrator is not a reliable person. The way he explained about the Usher’s sister and her death, also the crumples of the house on the ground, exactly in the same time of the family’s crush, expresses my idea. I think the Usher’s house and the family never existed.
'The Fall of the House of Usher's ummary The narrator approaches the House of Usher on a 'dull, dark, and soundless day.' This house -- the estate of his boyhood friend, Roderick Usher -- is very gloomy and mysterious. The narrator writes that the house seems to have collected an evil and diseased atmosphere from the decaying trees and murky ponds around it. He notes, however, that although the ...