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In The Fall of the House of Usher Poe uses the life-like characteristics of the decaying house of Usher as a device for giving the house a supernatural atmosphere This not only makes the story act upon the reader in a grabbing way but it also creates an impression of fear mystery and horror typical for Poes literary works For example from the very beginning of the story the reader can tell that there is something unusual and bizarre about the old house As the narrator approaches the home of his long-time friend Roderick Usher he refers to the house as the melancholy House of Usher This description in the beginning of the story prepares the reader for the mysterious events that will follow Upon looking at the building he even feels some sense of intolerable darkness which pervades his heart The windows appear to be vacant and eye-like as if watching at the narrator and wandering through his mind With an insecure feeling he goes to observe the rank sedges and the black and lurid tarn in which he sees the reflection of the house He later says when I again uplifted my eyes to the house itself from its image in the pool there grew a strange fancy Although the narrator tries to view everything he sees in a rational manner upon seeing the house and its surroundings he has an elevated sense of dread He goes on to say that about the whole mansion and domain there hung an atmosphere peculiar to themselves and their immediate vicinity This statement indicates that perhaps the house does indeed have some thrilling and spiritual nature The narrator observes the details of the house once more and finds that the house has mold growing all over it and the masonry of the building is decaying He says that there appeared to be a wild inconsistency between its still perfect adaptation of parts and the utterly
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