If I were to ask someone to describe a romance, they might say “someone who longs for adventure and love.” The Romantic movement extended into literature as a way for the author to express a different fascination to a story. Romanticism emphasizes on imagination, feeling, escapism, appreciation for beauty of nature, and the importance of the supernatural character as an individual. Various elements of Romanticism are projected through the story ” The Fall of the house of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe.
In the beginning of the story, Roderick Usher requests that his friend helps with his coping of his sister Madeline, while she suffers from a mysterious illness. As the narrator follows the reader through the story, we can feel what Usher’s friend feels. Exploring the physical surroundings of the Usher home, there is a gothic dreariness atmosphere surrounding this house. The “minute fungi” have surrounded and intertwined around the house causing it to decay as though it was taking over the last of the house, just as the illness taking over the last of the Ushers. The narrator .
describes the house as ” an atmosphere which had no affinity with the air of heaven, but which had reeked up from the decayed trees, and the gray walls, and the silent tarn.” It’s as though the beauty of nature has taken a twisted and evil turn of appearance. Inside the house as though in a gothic dream, were ” carvings of the ceilings, somber tapestries of the walls, the blackness of the floors.” A grim phantasm of FEAR rushed over him, as though an underlying plot were about to happen. Roderick Usher’s mental state throughout “The Fall of the House of Usher,” we can see that he is suffering from manic-depression. His utter fascination with Madeline’s illness, as a hypochondriac, has a constant fear of his crumbling health as the last of the Usher family. In Romanticism, this focuses on the super natural of the individual, and how twisted the human being can get.