Edgar Alan Poe- the Fall of the House of Usher

Topics: Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart Pages: 2 (486 words) Published: June 16, 2010
Edgar Alan Poe- The Fall of the House of Usher

Nameless narrator for a more profound comprehension of the story

In ''The Fall of the House of Usher'' Edgar Alan Poe describes the peculiar relationship between the twins Roderick and Madeline Usher, the last descendants of the House of Usher. This relationship, however, remains undefined and vague in many parts of the story, which is introduced to the reader through an unnamed narrator. In this article I am going to discuss the type of the narrator and it's role in the story as a method geniously used by Edgar Alan Poe. When the story begins, the reader is introduced to a first person narration, which, however, from what we observe later in the story has a specific characteristic that amplifies its influence on the reader. The narrator introduces himself as an old friend of Roderich Usher with whom, when they were young, used to spend their free time, but his name is never mentioned throughout the story. Even Roderick, whenever he addresses to his friend, uses only the pronoun ''you'', consequently there is not even a single hint about what the name of the narrator might be. This method of Edgar Alan Poe is used in order to immerse the reader more deeply in the story until there is a personal identification between him and the narrator. As a result, the reader feels like he takes part in the story as the friend of Roderick Usher and, subsequently, we have a more lively and vivid narration. The reader is free to identify whichever he wants with that nameless narrator. Furthermore, the narrator in ''The Fall of the House of Usher'' has one more characteristic, which can be distinct when the whole story comes to an end. The friend of Roderick Usher has come to the castle for only one purpose: to offer company and sympathy to Roderick, whose sister, Madeline, is sick and about to die. There is nothing else in the story that the narrator is able to discourage from happening and the most important...
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