University of Mississippi Press,p. Like the narrator in " The Tell-Tale Heart ", his disease inflames his hyperactive senses. I continued the story: But, as I placed my hand upon his shoulder, there came a strong shudder over his whole person ; a sickly smile quivered about his lips ; and I saw that he spoke in a low, hurried, and gibbering murmur, as if unconscious of my presence.
We are alone with the narrator in this haunted space, and neither we nor the -narrator know why. The descriptions of the Usher family home and of Roderick and Madeline create an atmosphere of evil and dread that permeates the narrative from the very beginning.
He suffered much from a morbid acuteness of the senses ; the most insipid food was alone endurable; he could wear only garments of certain texture ; the odors of all flowers were oppressive ; his eyes were tortured by even a faint light ; and there were but peculiar sounds, and these from stringed instruments, which did not inspire him with horror.
The narrator decides to read to Roderick in order to pass the night away. Several of his stories depicted psychologically unstable characters and were very different from the typical writing of the time. A valet, of stealthy step, thence conducted me, in silence, through many dark and intricate passages in my progress to the studio of his master.
Disturbed by this finding, the narrator sets out to cheer his old friend. He notes that Roderick is paler and less energetic than he once was. We painted and read together ; or I listened, as if in a dream, to the wild improvisations of his speaking guitar.
The narrator then flees the house, and, as he does so, notices a flash of moonlight behind him which causes him to turn back, in time to see the moon shining through the suddenly widened crack.
The words of one of these rhapsodies I have easily remembered. His long improvised dirges will ring forever in my ears. The family has no enduring branches, so all genetic transmission has occurred incestuously within the domain of the house.
And it might have been for this reason only, that, when I again uplifted my eyes to the house itself, from its image in the pool, there grew in my mind a strange fancy - a fancy so ridiculous, indeed, that I but mention it to show the vivid force of the sensations which oppressed me.
For all its easily identifiable Gothic elements, however, part of the terror of this story is its vagueness. I was aware, however, that his very ancient family had been noted, time out of mind, for a peculiar sensibility of temperament, displaying itself, through long ages, in many works of exalted art, and manifested, of late, in repeated deeds of munificent yet unobtrusive charity, as well as in a passionate devotion to the intricacies, perhaps even more than to the orthodox and easily recognisable beauties, of musical science.
As he escapes, the entire house cracks along the break in the frame and crumbles to the ground. As he arrives, the narrator notes a thin crack extending from the roof, down the front of the building and into the adjacent lake.
I felt creeping upon me, by slow yet certain degrees, the wild influences of his own fantastic yet impressive superstitions.For an analysis and explanation of these quotes regarding atmosphere in "The Fall of the House of Usher," check out "Themes and Interpretations in "The Fall of the House of Usher" linked below.
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It was possible, I reflected, that a mere different arrangement The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allan Poe. Literature Network» Edgar Allan Poe» The Fall of the House of Usher. 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.
An Analysis of Imagery in the Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe.
Essays and criticism on Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher - The Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe. Besides its use of classical Gothic imagery and gruesome events.
Edgar Allan Poe opens his short story The Fall of the House of Usher using the unity of effect; He does this by providing the reader with a chilling depiction of the setting outside the house of usher.Download