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The Fall of the House of Usher

Today our Literature teacher, Pato Chujman, told us to read an article on her blog about the story we were reading in class, The fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe, and to take notes of it. Here is the article and down here my notes of it.

Narrator:

Subjective perceptions, no difference between reality and fantasy, split consciousness, a man of common sense, educated and analytic, speaks in a tone were he seems not to understand Usher, he feels an unnatural presence but he tries to remain thinking about normal causes, this overcomes him at the end.

Roderick Usher:

Educated man who got deteriorated like the House, changed his appearance because of his insanity, incoherent, inconsistent, unstable, insane, excessive nervous agitation, “…The features of a mental disorder…”, unbalanced man trying to maintain an equilibrium in his life.

Madeline Usher:

Twin sister of Roderick, doesn’t speak a word throughout the story, appears a very short time, never appears in the same room as the narrator, fell into catatonic state at narrators’s arrival, she was like a ghost, seems to be completely overcome by mental disorder.

Character summary:

the three characters are unique and very distinct people, although Madeline and Roderick are twins and they are both crazy they are completely different, all of them suffer from insanity but respond differently. Madeline accepts it. Roderick knows he is ill, but struggles to hold his insanity. The narrator slowly contracts the desease, but wants to deny what he is. He escapes from his illness by escaping from the house.

Literary Devices

The Literature teacher, Pato Chujman, asked us to play Literary Devices games on her blog, to choose one of them and to look for a YouTube video about the Literary Devices.

Click here to see the Game.

Here is the video I chose:

I chose this video because it was more entertaining than others and that kept you paying attention to it. It gave good examples using movie scenes and that made it more interesting. The man on the video explained very good many Literary Devices and the video was very complete. The video was friendly and you can learn many Literary Devices by watching it.