The Fall of the House of Usher

In the story, The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allen Poe and the chapter ‘Architectural Space and Awareness’ in the book Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience, both deal with aspects of the awareness of space in the home. Space is giving metamorphic sense in that it is a reflection of mental state of the current occupant.

In The Fall of the House of Usher, the narrator visits his sick friend, Roderick Usher. There, the narrator is horrified at the current state of the home and the horrid, supernatural images that he witnesses. The narrator feels depressed inside the home. These feelings can be interpreted as a reflection that the occupant, Usher, is currently going though.

In regarding the hometown mentions that how illuminated the interior of the home is can be a reflection of the occupants, “a third example of how architecture can educate people’s awareness and conception of reality is from the domain of the illuminated interior” (Tuan 110).As the narrator describes some of the interior of Usher’s room, “Dark draperies hung upon the walls. The general furniture was profuse, comfortless, antique, and tattered (Poe)”.

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