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What is noteworthy about the description of Usher’s house? "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe

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There is no question that the home is a reflection of the life choices, and lifestyles, of its occupants. A home where dread, disease, and death are all over the place cannot reflect anything other than similarly negative visuals. It is no surprise, then, that the House of Usher looks the way that it looks.

The House of Usher is aging fast and excessively, just like Usher, its master. Moreover, it is deteriorating and being consumed by opportunistic fungi the same way that unfortunate circumstances and genetic deficiencies are finishing off the Usher clan.

Its principal feature seemed to be that of an excessive antiquity. The discoloration of ages had been great. Minute fungi overspread the whole exterior, hanging in a fine tangled web-work from the eaves.

The house seems to be rotting and cracking and may be on the brink of collapsing:

The eye of a scrutinizing observer might have discovered a barely perceptible fissure, which, extending from the roof of the building in front, made its...

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The setting is the base of The Fall of the House of Usher. The main setting is the house. Ironically, the extremely detailed descriptions of the house frames the work throughout the story.

The descriptions help to move the entire story like oars would a boat. The house itself becomes personified, consuming the characters. Poe uses words like “melancholy,” “fear,” “depression,” “apathy,” “ghostly hue,” “gloom,” “bitterness,” and “hopeless” to describe the characters. The house itself is described as “undisturbed” being “gray stoned” with “fungi,” and having “decayed trees” around it. The descriptions of the house are symbolic of the impending death of a family. Poe describes the house throughout the story detailing it with words like “bleak walls,” “vacant eye like windows,” a “mansion of gloom.”

The dark setting coincides with the characters movements and actions and feelings mirroring each of them, which add to the twin double consciousness of the characters specifically showing how environment plays into the discussion of nature versus nature.