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What is the symbolism in the story "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar...

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ksav10 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 13, 2008 at 9:05 PM via web

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What is the symbolism in the story "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allen Poe?

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dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted November 13, 2008 at 9:30 PM (Answer #1)

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There are quite a few symbols used in this short story -- some are more easily noticable than others.  The first symbol, and probably the most important, is the Usher's Mansion which symbolizes the deterioration or decline of the Usher family; later on in the story, the collapsing mansion becomes a symbol of the actual fall of the Usher family.  Another symbol here is the lake that surrounds and reflects the image of the mansion.  This lake symbolizes how the Ushers try to isolate themselves from society and its reflection symbolizes Madeline as Roderick's twin.  The bridge that goes over the lake symbolizes the narrator as the only link that Roderick has with the outside world.  Finally, the storm represents the mood and the violent and unstable emotions that the characters experience throughout the story.

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