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In "The Fall of the House of Usher", why does the narrator go the the Ushers house?

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gina09 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 5, 2009 at 8:29 AM via web

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In "The Fall of the House of Usher", why does the narrator go the the Ushers house?

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 6, 2009 at 3:58 AM (Answer #1)

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Roderick Usher was a friend of the narrator's back when they were younger boys.  He had not seen Roderick in years; however, recently he had received a letter from him.  He claimed that he wasn't well at all and that he wanted to see the narrator soon.  The narrator seemed to be his only close, personal friend, so he chose to go see him and perhaps help him if he could.

"The writer spoke of acute bodily illness--of a pitiable mental idiosyncrasy which appressed him--and of an earnest desire to see me, as his best, and indeed his only personal friend."

 

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