As with many of Poe’s writings, symbolism plays an important role within The Fall of the House of Usher. Right from the opening of the tale, the reader is immediately confronted with a large, imposing house that belongs to the narrator’s childhood friend Roderick. The house is described as dull, dreary, and unkempt, however the structure of the house itself is fairly sound. The house can be seen as a physical representation of the family line of the Ushers. As a once proud, powerful family, the estate carries an imposing feel to it. However, since the family line has been reduced to direct descendants, Madeline and Roderick, the estate has fallen into a shadow of what it once was. As the story progresses, readers constantly are introduced to more and more symbolic occurrences that Poe cleverly uses to create the tense atmosphere of the story. One of the greatest uses of symbolism occurs at the end of the story when the narrator, after witnessing Madeline killing her brother after escaping from her tomb, flees the house only to see it collapse under its own weight. This can be symbolically interpreted as not only an end to the family estate but also as a physical manifestation of the end of the family line. The way the house collapses, straight down into the tarn, can be viewed as the linear fashion of the Usher family tree. Therefore, the collapse of the house in a straight down, linear fashion symbolizes the way in which the final members of the Usher family, Roderick and Madeline, are part of the end of the line (Lorcher, 2011).
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The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
Wallpaper for "The Fall of the House of Usher". "The Fall of the House of Usher" (French: "La Chute de la maison Usher") is a 1928 French horror film directed by Jean Epstein. It is based on "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe.
The Poe Decoder - "The Fall of the House of Usher"