What sort of narrator does the author employ in "The Fall of the House of Usher"? How does the setting create the mood?

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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The narrator of this story is one of Roderick Usher's old friends.   Roderick has asked him to come visit, so he obliges.  The narrator is thrown into an almost surreal world of gloom, darkness, and mystery once he arrives at the Usher estate.

The setting is Gothic in nature (Gothic meaning a setting that is usually dark, sometimes frightening, mysterious, and containing mysterious characters, old and spooky houses, etc.).  Poe was one of the kinds of Gothic, in my opinion.  The setting is clearly foreboding, as nothing happy can come out of it. The reader knows early into the story that something dark and mysterious is going on in the Usher home.  Also, the reader senses a feeling of dread reading the story, in anticipation of something bad happening.

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the author,edgar allen poe have submitted the ''the fall of the house of usher' like any other gothic stories with sense of fear,gloomy vista,mystery and air of melancholy through the very start of the settng as from the perspective of the unknown narrator himself.the adjectives used to describe the scenerio of the usher's house to the realtionship and state of usher and his sister madeline has created mood that depicts a mystery as well as the description of the other dark sid eo fhuman psyche.

the setting through narrators' view is gothical,mystical and analytical.the mood that enables the reader through this is fearsome and exotic but dreadfully beautiful.

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The setting of "The Fall of the House of Usher'' plays an integral part in the story because it establishes an atmosphere of monotony, melancholy, and decay.

The Fall of the House of Usher," told from the point of view of a first person unnamed narrator, is the story of twin siblings Roderick and Madeline Usher, the last surviving members of the Usher family. 

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