Tuesday, 27 October 2009

The Fall House of Usher

Today I have finished reading Edgar Allan Poe's story 'The Fall House of Usher'.

The story is about the main character visiting an old friend who is the owner of the house.

This story uses a lot of language I am not familiar with so it was kind of hard to keep up. At points I was lost but soon I get the idea of whats going on.
What I liked about this story is how the house reflects the mood of the owner, since he is very sick, and he felt he lost hope of getting better. The house and everything around it are also described as having a depressing appearance and atmosphere. However, the description of the house sounds like a horrible place to go :

'with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.'

'I looked upon the scene before me - upon the mere house and simple landscape features a domain... with an utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation.'

Another thing that makes this book unique is that the main character isn't the main character, he is just the narrator. The real star is the owner of the house, struggling with his illness. That is what I believe make this book very unique.

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