‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ –Edgar Poe
‘The Fall of the House Of Usher’ –Edgar Poe
Edgar Poe is well known for his gruesome stories. His stories are usually filled with all kinds of macabre related ideas. For instance death, decomposition, sorrow, premature burials or coming back to death are some of the elements he includes in his stories. In his story, ‘the fall of the House of Usher’, Poe manages to incorporate all the components of the macabre stories which are the possible reason ‘the fall of the House of Usher’ is Poe’s most celebrated story.
In his short story ‘the fall of the House of Usher’, the narrator remains unnamed throughout the story a factor that creates suspense to the reader the whole time and ensures that only Poe’s ideas and experiences are perceived as we meet the other characters. The story exemplifies Poe’s principle of writing and story composition where everything in the story contributes to a single effect which in this scenario the effect is ‘fear’.
I find the story quite engaging because of Poe’s unique style of writing a fact that equally makes the story to stand 150 years later. Poe’s diction creates and fuels the images that he joins to make such gruesome stories. In the story, he uses quite sharp and sophisticated words that would capture the reader and engage them in seeking to understand the meaning and the story in depth.
The story is full of terrifying connotations that would immensely engage the reader and evoke feelings often in them. In the phrase “I know not how it was – but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit (Poe, 2015). I say insufferable; for the feeling was unrelieved by any of that half-pleasurable, because poetic, sentiment, with which the mind usually receives even the sternest natural images of the desolate or terrible (Poe, 2015).” Some words evoke emotions from the reader. For instance, phrases like, ‘insufferable gloom’, ‘half pleasurable’, ‘desolate’ among other terms are terms that capture the reader’s emotions as they insinuate depression and would probably evoke the same feeling of the reader. Thus, Poe manages to engage the reader emotionally throughout his story (Poe, 2015).
Poe, E. A. (2015). The Fall of the House of Usher. Booklassic.