文学课课后essay代写例子：On “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe is the most famous writer for writing horrifying stories but her stories are not as meaningless as those filled with ghost jumping out to murder a kid. In fact, in her horror stories, there are always deep meanings behind about human beings’ troubled mind or psychology. The Fall of the House of Usher started with an unknown narrator who set his or her foot on the House of Usher, whose owner is a sick man with a troubled mind, Roderick Usher. Therefore, the narrator tried to help the author get his mind off the miserable life of his sister by reading literature. Later the narrator got to know that Usher’ sister was not dead but Usher thought she was so he entombed her. However, in the end, in a stormy night, his sister’s bloody body went back and kicked the door open, by throwing herself at him, they died together while the narrator managed to leave house.
Apparently, the most mysterious part of the story is while the sister’s body was buried, her mind was so strong that she managed to climb out of the tomb. It says that one’s mind is always stronger than one’s body and this conception had been proved in a lot of masterpiece work like the movie Ghost or horror stories about dead people coming out to seek revenge. One of the themes of The Fall of the House of Usher is that the power of dead is over the power of the living. In fact, Poe had tried to make use of human beings’ mind, which means their memories to be the tool in hope of awakening the dead body. In this story, a person’s mind can be strong enough to dominate a person’s body. (Sword, 39)
However, at the beginning of the story, it was mentioned that the narrator’s friend, Rodrick Usher was suffering from depression which resulted in his numbness. Therefore, he was in need of his good friend the narrator to read him good books and literary works. It is obvious that his body was numb and inactive due to the death of his sister but he was able to keep himself alive by feeding his mind. In one part of the story, it was mentioned that Usher felt so hopeless and scared that he kept trembling. However, the narrator kept reading him aloud the stories, “you must not- you shall not behold his. These appearances which bewilder you, are merely electrical phenomena not un common”. In The Fall of the House of Usher, the author intended to make sure a person’s mind and memories can exert and intrigue enough power or force in the real physical body and the physical world. (Poe, 15)
The climax of The Fall of the House of Usher is when the protagonist’s thought to be dead sister whom he buried under the ground had come back alive in his house. When she finally arrived from the tomb, she looked so horrifying that on her white robes, it was full of blood and the dirt from her face was so dark that it was obvious to tell that she tried so hard to climb out of the tomb. The most terrifying part is while she let out a loud and “moaning cry” while she was still trembling. (Poe, 20) In fact, it was not easy to tell if this phenomenon really had happened or it was simply the imagination of the protagonist Roderick Usher. However, the ending was that Roderick Usher’s sister’s bloody body fell on her brother and also killed him while he was finally dead lying on the floor. In fact, there are a few interpretations that can indicate that the power of mind is strong and overwhelming enough to control one’s body. (Sword, 45)
Apparently, if everything was only Roderick Usher’s imagination, he died in the end because his mind convinced himself that his sister came back alive to avenge her death while this did not actually happen. Therefore, it was because Roderick Usher’s mind dominated his body that his horrifying memories took away his life. But if what the narrator depicted was true, it meant that although Roderick Usher’s sister was buried dead, the power of her memories and her will to get out from the hell was so strong that she ended up reawakening herself. To conclude, in The Fall of the House of Usher, there was the power of dead over the living because the power of one’s memory is able to keep the dead alive. A person’s power of his mind is so strong that it can trigger his dead body to come out alive and reawakened the dead body to come back to the physical world.
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