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The setting in Poe's Gothic tale, "The Fall of the House of Usher," is vital to the story as the setting (the House) is a character itself. When the narrator first sees the house he describes it as "bleak walls," "vacant eye-like windows," and "decayed trees." Poe provides the literal falling of the house which alludes to the fall of Roderick and all other inhabitants of the house. The narrator’s decent into madness echoes that of Roderick. Poe is showing not only Roderick’s insanity, but that all the inhabitants have been infected or cursed by the same decent. The tale becomes an encircling tale of doubling all associated with the House of Usher where everything mirrors the literal and figurative fall of the House (both the actual house and Roderick Usher).
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