House Of Usher Symbolism

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In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Fall of the House of Usher” symbolism and incest are both very evident themes throughout the journey the narrator takes into the haunted palace. Poe uses symbolism during the story to reveal various traits and events that have been foreshadowed. Throughout the story the relationship between Roderick Usher and Madeline Usher is not your typical brother sister relationship, along with house which is not your standard family home. The Fall of the House of Usher begins with the protagonist of the story inviting over a childhood friend over to help comfort himself and Madeline. Roderick and his twin sister Madeline are both suffering severely with some type of sickness which gives the narrator the desire help Roderick and Madeline out. As the narrator approaches the house of usher at the beginning of the story he notices some key features of the house that stand out significantly. As the narrator looks at this dreary house he feels as if something has happened inside the house.…show more content…
Poe’s description of this falling house is meant to portray the similarities of Roderick and Madeline themselves as they are falling into death. They describe the trees as decayed tress; usually healthy trees represent a healthy society whereas in these matters the decayed trees are illustrating death or a crumbling life. Also the bleak walls represent the boundaries for the Ushers. Simply meaning the sexual relationships that have occurred throughout the Usher family
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