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Posted February 27, 2008 at 9:17 AM via web

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Is there anything ironic about the narrator's role in "The Fall of the House of Usher"?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 27, 2008 at 11:32 AM (Answer #1)

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Yes.

 

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The narrator's role is primarily ironic in his relation to the psychic tumult observed. That is to say, when the story opens, the narrator speaks of the gloom and oppression the House of Usher brings into his spirit. It is about him, and seems to be concerning, even obsessing him. The same is true when the story ends; this is a very self-centered narrator. He's concerned about the effects on his own mind and spirit—but the truth is, this is another house/family/person going made. He's so concerned with keeping his own "house" in order that the deterioration of another's is of relatively little importance.

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