Edgar Allan Poe Question- The fall of the House of Usher

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I want to know more about " The fall of the House of Usher ". Would you please explain me what does Poe try to tell with this story?

I thank you for your help and wait for your answer.

-- Anonymous, October 05, 2000


I do not know anything about.

-- Anonymous, October 05, 2000

"The Fall of The House of Usher" is actually a more complex story than it appears. Poe is suggesting that the house itself represents a "head" (note the vocabulry used as narrator describes the house as well as the song that Usher sings). In the house there are different chambers, with different moods, different atmospheres. Poe is suggesting that the human mind has all these compartments and areas of the brain that we are unaware that hold perverseness and insanity and madness.. perhaps even secret desires. (I could go on forever, but I don't wanna ) Anyways, when the house of usher finally falls, it is symballizing the break down of sanity.. The house is falling becuz his sister has come back from the dead and they;ve both died in eachothers' arms, and it finally breaks down, because the mind has to face facts with some sorta sin that they have been keeping secret. In this case, it is suggested that there was incest going on between the twins, since they were deprived from the world and never left the house, the only two can turn to, were themselves. So, the ultimate sin, led to the breakdown of sanity, in the head. Do you quite follow?

-- Anonymous, October 06, 2000

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