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Imagery of the Supernatural in The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allan Poes writings are known for their macabre subject matter In The Fall of the House of Usher Poe uses the life-like characteristics of an otherwise decaying house as a device for giving the house a supernatural atmosphere Frank N Magill explains this concept best when he writes Usher feels that it is the form and substance of his family mansion that affects his morale He believes that as a result of the arrangement of the stones the house has taken on life 1645 From the very beginning of the story the reader can tell that there is something unusual and almost supernatural about the structure As the narrator approaches the home of his long-time friend Roderick Usher he refers to the house as the meloncholy House of Usher George Barbara Perkins 1511 Upon looking at the building he even describes the feeling he has as a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit Perkins 1511 Charles Feidelson Jr and Paul Brodtkorb Jr approach this sense rationally when they write of the narrator incorporating various senses one being a sixth sense of vague and indescribable realities behind the physical and apparent and another being a clever reational interpretation of unsensible phenomena 52 Although the narrator tries to view everything he sees in a rational manner upon seeing the house and its surroundings he has a heightened sense of superstition He goes on to say that about the whole mansion and domain there hung an atmosphere peculiar to themselves and their immediate vicinity Perkins 1513 This statement indicates that perhaps the house does indeed have supernatural characteristics and that something of an exterordinary sense is actually holding the house intact Upon entering the house the narrator becomes increasingly convinced that the house has some supernatural effect on those living there after observing the odd behavior and personalities of its
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