AP English III
29 Jan 2015
Art, since the very beginning, exists as an outlet of emotional and physical feelings for our species ever since cavemen learned to draw on walls. Poets, authors, singers, and every form of artist have been portraying the emotions through canvases and words that a meager simple minded person cannot begin to express through his vocabulary. Whether a screenwriter describing a scene of love at first sight or a painter using his mixture of colors to show his whole life story through a few strokes, generations and generations of audiences have felt a range of emotions all because of the genius and creativity of one’s mind. Edgar Allan Poe, a nineteenth century author and poet, and his writing often consists of death and despair, emotions that few dare to try to explore or think about it. His incredible eye for dramatic descriptions creates a life-like story of somber and decay in his short story “The Fall of the House of Usher.” Poe’s use of every detailed feeling and visual imagery conveys the gradual, yet inevitable mental and physical demise of not only Rodrick, but also the fall of the House, and contributes to the fearful and enigmatic feeling the story gives the reader.
Poe’s visual descriptions, whether through somber characterizations of the atmosphere or even the insufferable dysphoria during the long days with Rodrick, seem to connect Rodrick Usher and the House. The narrator does not realize as he describes the conditions of his surroundings that the House is a tangible and observable representation of Rodrick’s mental and Braxton 2 physical instability, and as the reader continues through the story, one can see that that representation grows more and more, although slowly, recognizable. Within the first moments that the narrator...
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