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Why has the narrator gone to visit Usher?

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giani-artinano | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 22, 2012 at 8:20 AM via web

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Why has the narrator gone to visit Usher?

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 22, 2012 at 12:34 PM (Answer #1)

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Roderick Usher is a boyhood friend who has written a letter to the story's narrator asking him to come for a visit to try to help him overcome his physical and mental illnesses. The tone of his letter gives further evidence that Usher is really suffering severely. The narrator has not seen his old friend in many years, but since Usher calls him "his only personal friend" he feels compelled to make this journey and to pay this visit. When he arrives at the gloomy House of Usher, he finds that his friend has not exaggerated his mental and physical ailments. He has changed greatly since the narrator last saw him.

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