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I must do a representation on the point of view in The Fall of the House of Usher. Do need your help, thanks.

-- Anonymous, November 17, 2003


The friend of Usher who had visited there when young(and can make the drastic comparison between then and the decline) is the narrator. This way he can participate but escape the totality of disaster and report back from this 'black hole' of fated doom. Poe has approached the Gothic from many angles: the murderer, the victim, third person narration, the husband of a dead or doomed wife. When the doom is to be total he observes the demands of plausibility to have a reporter(for faux contemporary tales)if the principles are to die. The exception. "The Masque of the Red death" a medieval allegory remote in time and fantasy seems to prove the rule.

It is important how Roderick and his friend view the trap, the unities of doom(environment, House, family, mind, body) since for Usher it is a process that must proceed while for his friend it is a dark mystery for which he is a foil as in the detective stories about Dupin and his slower companion.

-- Anonymous, November 17, 2003


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