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by Edgar Allan Poe

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How are both irony and symbolism used in supporting the theme of "The Fall of the House of Usher"? The Fall of the House of Usher.

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Clearly there seems to be a link between the two heirs of the House of Usher and the house itself, which is presented symbolically. The "mansion of gloom" is described by the narrator in terms that make it clear that it is rotting and disintegrating:

Its principal feature seemed to be that of an excessive antiquity. The discolouration of ages had been great. Minute fungi overspread the whole exterior, hanging in a fine tangled web-work from the eaves... there was much that reminded me of the specious totality of old wood-work which has rotted for long years in some neglected vault, with no disturbance from the breath of the external air.

This clearly creates a symbolic link between the rotting house and the "rotting" characters of

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