The Fall of the House of Usher

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  • "I looked upon the scene before me- upon the mere house, and the simple landscape features of the domain- upon the bleak walls-upon the vacant eyelike windows- upon a few rank edges- upon a few white trunks of decades trees- with an utter depression soul, which I can comprehend..." (Poe 14). Poe uses descriptive words to give a sense or feeling of darkness and gloom.
  • "A cadaverousness of complexion; an eye large, liquid, and luminous beyond comparison; lips somewhat thin and very pallid, but of a surpassingly beautiful curve; a nose of delicate Hebrew model, but with a breadth of nostril unusual in similar formations; a finely molded chin..." (Poe 17). Poe wants the reader to see an image of how Usher looks and how he is seen through the eyes of the narrator.
  • "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" (Poe29). This quote shows the language that Poe uses to get the reader to feel what Usher is feeling.
  • "It was the work of the rushing gust- but then without those doors there did stand the lofty and enshrouded figure of the lady Madeline of Usher" (Poe 30). Poe uses the word enshrouded to give the reader an image of the worn out, shocked Madeline.
  • "While I gazed, this fissure rapidly widened- there came a fierce breath of whirlwind- the entire orb of the satellite burst at once upon my sight - my brain reeled as I saw the mighty walls rushing asunder- there was a long tumultuous shouting sound like the voice of a thousand waters- and the deep and dank tarn at my feet closed sullenly and silently over the fragment of the "House of Usher" (Poe 30).
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