The effects a certain structure has on a person may differ due to the experience, senses and feelings one can gather from the essence the structure may deliver. In chapter eight of Tuan’s Space and Place, he discusses how a building/architectural complex environment has the ability to refine human feeling and perception as well as being capable of affecting the people who inhabit such place. (102) Evidence of this can be found in Poe’s opening paragraphs of “The Fall of the House of Usher.” The narrator describes his first sight of the building using words as bleak, vacant, decayed, bitter and dreariness to inform the reader of the “sense of insufferable gloom (that) pervaded (his) spirit.” (Poe) The architectural space had invoked an eerie and emotional fear that passed through the narrator, it had directed his perception of the house having him question whether he should continue on with his promise.
Poe’s tone of fear and horror is evident throughout the story, describing the physical and figurative relation between the house and its inhabitants. Roderick had a mysterious illness which affects his mental state. Roderick felt guided and secluded by the entity of the house, “He was enchained by certain superstitious,- stated –an influence,-the physique of the gray walls and turrets, and of the dim tarn-had, at length, brought about upon the morale of his existence,” the narrator describes Roderick using the adjective “cadaverous” implying his presentation as deathly as a non living thing, much like the physical house of usher. (Poe) Poe’s depiction of the flaws and similarities between the house and its remaining heirs, emphasize Tuan’s idea of how an architectural complex environment affects the people who inhabit such place.