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In "The Fall of the House of Usher," why is the narrator going to the House...

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In "The Fall of the House of Usher," why is the narrator going to the House of Usher? How long does he plan to stay?

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 2, 2008 at 3:15 PM (Answer #1)

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The narrator is going to the House of Usher because he has received a letter from Roderick, of that same family, stating that he has contracted an illness of the mind, and asking that the narrator come to stay with him for awhile.  Although Roderick says that the narrator is his only close friend, the narrator notes that he really doesn't know him very well.  Roderick has always been shy and reserved even amongst those he knows, and in fact, the narrator has not seen him for several years.

The narrator plans to stay for only a few weeks.

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