Romanticism is included because imagination becomes a reality and a cultivation of emotion and sensation takes place. Roderick is experiencing physical and emotional illness, and he and his sister (whom also is ill with a rare disease) are the last line of the Usher family.The setting of this story is a big, old, dark, and scary house. The narrator, whom is a good friend of Roderick, moves into the house to add more excitement into the story.
The house is described as having somewhat supernatural characteristics.
The windows appear to be “vacant’ and “eye-like’ (1462).
In “The Fall of the House of Usher,’ Edgar Allan Poe uses the landscape to develop an atmosphere of horror and to create corollary to the Usher family.
Poe uses the life-like characteristics of the house as a device for giving the house a supernatural presence.
Gothicism is also evident because the treatment of a lady (Madeline Usher) is gruesome and violent.
With Romanticism and Gothicism obvious in the story, all that is left is the Sublime.He describes the trophies as “phantasmagoric’ (1462).The Fall of the House of Usher: Imagery and Parallelism In his short story 'The Fall of the House of Usher', Edgar Allen Poe presents his reader with ... Poe's graphic portrayal of imagery enhance every aspect of the story, from the suspense of the ...The strange nature of the house is further explained as around the mansion, “…there hung an atmosphere peculiar to themselves and their immediate vicinity.’ (1462).The dramatic adventure, high-flown sentiments, exotic setting, and cult of the past, build up the Romanticism included in the story.The physical collapse of the house at the end makes the reader wonder whether the entire story is a supernatural phenomenon or whether it is merely a tale of scientific coincidence.He further explains that the house and the contents were the cause of his feelings.He describes his superstition one night, “I endeavored to believe that much, if not all of what I felt, was due to the phantasmagoric influence of the gloomy furniture of the room…’ (1468).When Madeline gets buried alive and comes back to Roderick bloodstained and broken, and Roderick dies of fear, the sublime of the story is complete.The illness of this story, as well as all Poe stories demonstrate the theme of science verses superstition.