Wednesday, November 11, 2009

House of Usher

If I were able to alter something in Poe's story I would either go for a more gruesome ending rather then a nice ending where the doctor is called to help. Since the house is mysterious, and feels evil I would make sure to pack a gun for my visit. This is for safety reasons and later on would be used to kill Madeline when she is at the door. Or I might have just shot her while she was in the tomb with her rosy cheeks. Since I already read the story I know that she is buried alive, so i would just be making sure that she is dead. I would be saving her since back then everyone was afraid of being buried alive, I would make sure she was dead. I'm aware that this ending isn't normal, but then again neither is Poe's writing.

However, I may have entered the house but not stayed as long as the narrator stayed. I would have brought both Roderick and Madeline to a doctor. Since the narrator did not know Roderick very well (he did not even know Roderick and Madeline were twins until later) then he should have left once he got a bad feeling around the house and Roderick started hearing things.


  1. I think bringing the gun is definitely a good idea. From the moment the narrator set eyes on the house he knew that inside he felt that stepping foot inside was not such a good idea. The house was mysterious and gloomy looking and that foreshadowed the horrid ending.

    I'm not sure if I would kill Madeline with the gun! Haha. If I knew she was afraid of being buried alive, I would have made sure she was actually dead first, and if she was not dead, then I would not have let Roderick bury her.

    I do agree with you that he definitely should have left when he got the bad feeling inside. It is always best to listen to your gut feeling in those type of situations.

  2. Although you do secure Madeline's death, the idea of having a more gruesome ending is hard to imagine. Personally, I would have rather a nicer ending. However, you do a good job of explaining how the ending could be more gloomy.