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I don't quite understand the setting and the rising action in "The Fall of the House of...

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Posted April 5, 2013 at 1:41 AM via web

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I don't quite understand the setting and the rising action in "The Fall of the House of Usher."

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paduncan | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 5, 2013 at 3:29 AM (Answer #1)

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The Fall of the House of Usher takes place in the house of the family of Usher. In the very beginning the narrator rides to the home on the horse and the reader gets a sense of the fall of the year and death of life. This foreshadows the end (death) of the two remaining Ushers - Madeline and Roderick.

The rising action of this short story by Edgar Allan Poe creates the ultimate end of the family. As the narrator learns of Madeline's emaciated state and ultimate death, he also is made keenly aware of Roderick's declining health as well. Poe uses language in the rising action to prepare the reader for the destruction of the family and finally of the house structure itself.  

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