Fear In The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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Due to Poe’s belief that every good short story has to have one central effect on the reader, his horror stories often prey on a reader’s sense of fear just as in “The Fall of the House of Usher”. By choosing fear to be the main effect, every detail and image the reader gathers, adds to the fear factor of the story. The description of the house itself in the beginning makes it seem foreboding. The narrator even says “…with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.”(21) The narrator then goes on to say “I looked upon the scene before me…with an utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation more properly than to the after-dream if the reveler upon opium---the bitter lapse into every-day life---the hideous dropping off of the veil.” (21) Thus showing his nervousness and cautiousness to…show more content…
His sister who is afflicted with an unknown disease which baffles her doctors, dies some time later. Rather than burying his sister, Roderick decides on a temporary entombment in case doctors desire to examine her body in order to look into her cause of death more. About a week after her entombment, noises are heard by both men late night. Usher begins to claim they entombed her while she was alive and fears she may outside of their down right now. Upon discovering she is in fact outside the door in blood soaked clothes, Roderick becomes “...a victim to the terrors he had anticipated.” (40) And dies. Through the eerie details of the house, the mysterious and unknown Usher family, and the fall of the house of usher, fear is able to enter a reader’s mind and captivate one’s mind in the most terrifying way possible. From the narrator’s fear of the house, to Roderick Usher’s fear of fear, which inevitably killed him, fear not only effects the reader but the characters themselves also. By doing so, fear becomes an emotion so real, it is felt by anyone who dares to read the
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