According to Beverly Voloshin in "Transcendence Downward: An Essay on 'Usher'and 'Ligeia,'" Poe presents transcendental projects which threaten to proceeddownward rather than upward" in his story "The Fall of the House of Usher"(19). Poe mocks the transcendental beliefs, by allowing the charactersRoderick Usher, Madeline Usher, the house and the atmosphere to travelin a downward motion into decay and death, rather than the upward transcendenceinto life and rebirth that the transcendentalists depict. The transcendenceof the mind begins with Roderick Usher and is reflected in the charactersand environment around him.
"The Fall of the House of Usher" - CliffsNotes
“The Fall of theHouse of Usher” and many of Edgar Allan Poe’s writings have many similardistinguishing characteristics. There are always aspects of evil, death,miracles and mirror representation. In this particular work, different art inthe form of a poem, a painting and a novel are introduced because their centralidea runs parallel to that of “The Fall of the House of Usher.”
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe - Gutenberg
 During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the when the clouds hung low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the House of Usher. how it was--but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of my I say insufferable; for the feeling was unrelieved by any of that sentiment, with which the mind usually receives even the sternest natural images of the desolate or terrible. I looked upon the scene before me--upon the house, and the simple landscape features of the domain--upon the bleak walls--upon the vacant --upon a few sedges--and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees--with an utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation more properly than to the --the bitter lapse into everyday life--the hideous dropping off of the veil. There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart--an dreariness of thought which no of the imagination could into aught of the What was it---what was it that so unnerved me in the It was a mystery all insoluble; nor could I with the shadowy fancies that crowded upon me as I pondered. I was forced to fall back upon the , that while, beyond doubt, there are combinations of very simple natural objects which have the power of thus affecting us, still the analysis of this power lies among considerations beyond our depth. It was possible, that a mere different arrangement of the particulars of the scene, of the e, would be sufficient to modify, or perhaps to annihilate its capacity for sorrowful impression; and, , I reined my horse to the of a black and that lay in unruffled lustre by the dwelling, and gazed down--but with a even more than before- -upon the remodelled and of the gray sedge, and the ghastly tree-stems, and the vacant and eye-like windows.
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