Vampirism in the Fall of the House of UsherPaper Rating: Word Count: 1291 Approx Pages: 5
In "The Fall of the House of Usher , by Edgar Allen Poe, supernatural concepts are suggested and become essential to understand "what it was that so unnerved (the narrator) in the contemplation of the House of Usher (529) . Supernatural phenomenon opens up the exploration for one particular supernatural explanation, vampirism. Not only do Roderick and Madeline Usher display traits of vampirism, but so also does the House of Usher itself. Even the narrator, Roderick's childhood companion, describes "a sense of insufferable gloom (529) which pervaded his spirit as he approached the house of Usher, a feeling which only grows as he gets closer and eventually enters the house. As a vampire sucks blood from its victims, the house seems to suck the vitality and hope from the narrator and leaves him as hopeless and dreary as its inhabitants. The explanation of the Ushers as vampires leads to a deeper understanding of the characters, their motivations, and the ultimate fate of "The Fall of the House of Usher.
Roderick and Madeline, as described by the narrator, possess several traits common to vampires. It is understood that vampires possess ext... Continue Reading