The Fall of the House of Usher Questions and Answers
by Edgar Allan Poe

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Explain who the narrator is and his presence in The Fall of the House of Usher.

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The narrator of the The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe is an unnamed character who visits the house after his childhood friend, Roderick Usher, sends a letter asking for the narrator's assistance, as Roderick is feeling physically and emotionally ill. The narrator responds to his friend's request for help and visits the house which he finds to be of a dark and evil atmosphere . However, the narrator is not prone to believing in the supernatural and attempts to rationally explain the evil presence that permeates the very walls of the...

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The narrator is a previous aquaintance of Roderick Usher, and is called upon during his friend's final days. Summoned through a letter, the narrator shows up during Roderick's sister's final days. Once she dies, the narrator assists Roderick with her "burial". Afterwards, Roderick ends up going crazy. Along with Roderick's craziness, the narrator begins to experience some of the same symptoms. Are they real, or supernatural??