"The Fall of the House of Usher"

"The Fall of the House of Usher"
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For English Accelerated; Mr. Romero's project, due October 2.

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  • How dreadfully gloomy this house seems.
  • For what reason do you have to do so?
  • Allow me to discuss Madeline's corpse conservation in my house.
  • "...at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher... with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit" (13). The house seems to engulf the narrator in gloom & chills as if something like that lays inside.
  • Roderick, your insane, I can see it in your eyes.
  • "... Roderick Usher... the character of his face had been at all times remarkable... and of the expression they were won't to convey, lay so much of change that I doubted to whom I spoke... the now ghastly pallor of the skin... the silken hair... now floated rather than fell about the face" (17). In the eyes of the narrator, Roderick went from a stand-up-looking gentleman, to a depressing shell of his past.
  • "I could not help thinking of the wild ritual of this work, and of its probable influence upon the hypochondriac, when, one evening, having informed me abruptly that the lady Madeline was no more, he stated his intention of preserving her corpse... I had no desire to oppose what I regarded as at best but a harmless, and by no means an unnatural precaution" ( 21). It would make sense to leave a hysteric man talking about death alone.
  • ".. cadaverously wan... there was a species of mad hilarity in his eyes-an evidently restrained hysteria in his whole demeanor... his air appalled me-but anything was preferable to the solitude which I had so long endured, and I even welcome his presence as a relief" (26-27). We slowly learn how insane Usher appears through word of mouth alone.
  • "... Madeline of Usher... there was blood upon her white robes, and the evidence of some bitter struggle upon every portion of her emaciated frame... with a low moaning cry, fell heavily inward upon the person of her brother... bore him to the floor a corpse, and a victim to the terrors he had anticipated" (30) Terror and shock value works really well towards the end to both reveal and scare the reader.
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