The Fall of the House of Usher

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Tony Yin writes, On Tuesday…

On Tuesday, Iwent to the Denver Performing Arts Complex towatch five plays performed by the Boston Repertory Theater Group with my school. My favorite play is the “The Fall of the House of Usher” “The Fall of the House of Usher” is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe. It was published in September 1839. This is one of the Edgar Allan Poe’s best short stories. As all other stories written by Poe, it displays Poe’s ability to create an emotional tone in his work, specifically feelings of fear, doom, and guilt. This story begins with an unnamed narrator receiving a letter from his best friend as a kid. Roderick Usher says he is suffering from an unnamed disease and wants comfort from his friend. As soon as the narrator enters the house of Usher, the suspense builds up, describing the house with haunted-like properties. Roderick acts like a mad man, saying that he must not leave the house and that it is going to fall on him and his sister, ending the family of ushers. Usher later informs the narrator that his sister has died and insists that she be entombed for two weeks in a vault in the house before being permanently buried. During the next few days, the two feels more and more afraid of the house for no apparent reason. On a stormy night, the narrator goes to the room of Roderick, trying to comfort him by reading a book. As in the story, a shriek resounds throughout the house. Usher becomes increasingly hysterical, and eventually exclaims that these sounds are being made by his sister, who was in fact alive when she was entombed. The bedroom door is then blown open to reveal his sister standing there. She falls violently in death upon her brother, who dies of his own terror. The narrator then flees the house, and, as he does so, notices a flash of light causing him to look back upon the House of Usher, in time to watch it break in two.

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  1. I liked your blog entry.
    I liked your blog entry. I wanted to know what this one is about because I am going to be reading The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe in school. You should try reading it because I heard it’s really good.

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