The Fall of the House of Usher

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The tale opens with the unnamed narrator arriving at the house of his boyhood friend, Roderick Usher, having received a letter from him in a distant part of the country complaining of an illness and asking for his help. Although Poe wrote this short story before the invention of modern psychological science, Roderick's symptoms can be described according to it. They include hyperesthesia 感觉过敏(hypersensitivity to light, sounds, smells, and tastes), and acute anxiety.急性焦虑 It is revealed that Roderick's twin sister, Madeline, is also ill。The narrator try every possible method to cheer his friend, and Roderick sings "The Haunted Palace", then tells the narrator that he believes the house he lives in to be sentient有感情的.Roderick later informs the narrator that his sister has died and insists that she be entombed for two weeks in a family tomb in the house before being permanently buried. The narrator helps Roderick put the body in the tomb, and he notice something strange. Then the writer use a storm to introduce the climax of the story. Both the narrator and Roderick notices that the tarn surrounding the house seems to glow in the dark although there is no lightning. The bedroom door is then blown open to reveal Madeline standing there. The narrator then flees the house and roderick is scared to death. At the end, a flash of light cause the narrator to look back upon the House of Usher, in time to watch it break in two, the fragments sinking into the tarn.

"The Fall of the House of Usher" was published widely in the September 1839 issue of Burton's Gentleman's Magazine.
"The Fall of the House of Usher" is considered the best example of Poe's "totality", where every element and detail is related and relevant.[1]
"The Fall of the House of Usher" shows Poe's ability to create an emotional tone in his work, specifically feelings of fear, doom, and guilt.[2] These…...

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