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The Fall of the House of Usher

What are examples of symbolism in "The Fall of the House of Usher"?

It is also the case that the twins Madeline and Roderick are also symbolic in their nature. For Poe, the story itself is about the duality of human nature and the struggle between the dualism of...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2015 12:07 am UTC

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What is happening at the end of the story when Madeline Usher appears?

"The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe is a horror story, in which an atmosphere of gloom, dread, and suspense leads up to a culminating moment of horror. The nameless narrator is a...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2016 6:21 pm UTC

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What is the tone in "The Fall of the House of Usher?"      

The tone of the story is overwrought and unrelievedly dark and fevered, reflecting the oppressive, foreboding setting and unstable, hypersensitive psyche of Roderick Usher. As the narrator rides...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2017 11:01 am UTC

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What are the figures of speech in "The Fall of the House of Usher"? Give some examples.

Poe has his narrator employ a simile as he heads toward the House of Usher. The narrator compares the depression he feels to the "after-dream of the reveller upon opium"—in other words, the crash...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2020 2:09 pm UTC

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What noises does the narrator hear during the reading of the Mad Trist? Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of...

Interestingly, prior to the reading by the narrator of the Mad Trist of Sir Launcelot Canning, Roderick Usher expresses to his friend that He was echained by certain superstitious impressions in...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2010 1:28 pm UTC

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How and when does imagination overcome reason?

Within the events of the story that the narrator both observes and takes part in, Roderick is the first to confess that he is struggling to remain within the realm of the rational. He tells the...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2018 4:46 pm UTC

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Describe the physical appearance of Madeline Usher in Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher.

For much of Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Fall of the House of Usher," the character of Madeline is seen by the narrator only sporadically, and Poe offers no physical description of the...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2017 3:15 am UTC

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In "The Fall of the House of Usher," what do Roderick's paintings and music seem to express?

Roderick's painting and music seem to express the unbalanced state of his mind. They appear to be outward manifestations of his troubled inward psyche and to express his heightened sensitivity or...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2017 1:19 pm UTC

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How would you characterize the relationship between Roderick Usher and his sister? "The Fall of the House of Usher"...

Indubitably, the relationship between Roderick and Madeline Usher is bizarre. Key to understanding this relationship is the narrator's description, I had learned, too, the very remarkable fact,...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2012 2:50 am UTC

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Why does Roderick temporarily keep Madeline's body in the house after her death in "The Fall of the House of Usher"?...

After Madeline's death from her mysterious illness, Roderick explains to our narrator that he plans to preserve her body in the house for two weeks before allowing her to be buried. While macabre,...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2020 10:43 am UTC

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What figurative language is used in ''The Fall of the House of Usher''?

Figurative language appeals to readers' senses (imagery, alliteration, onomatopoeia) and/or uses words to create significant nonliteral meanings (allusions, metaphors, similes, analogies) to add...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2020 2:22 pm UTC

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How does imagination overcome reason in "The Fall of the House of Usher" and create fear?

There have already been a couple answers commenting on the interplay between imagination and reason in “The Fall of the House of Usher” within the narrator, who is also the point of view character....

Latest answer posted November 25, 2019 8:49 pm UTC

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What confessions does Usher make to the narrator during the final storm? 

During the storm, Roderick Usher insists on opening a casement (window) so that the narrator can experience the "whirlwind" outside as the wind changes directions, along with the dense clouds and...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2016 5:32 pm UTC

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Imagery: How does Edgar Allan Poe use imagery to further the plot in "The Fall of the House of Usher"? Be sure to...

In the long opening descriptive paragraph of "The Fall of the House of Usher," the narrator crosses an isolated, relentlessly bleak landscape marked by a dark lake or tarn to arrive at a mildewed,...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2020 1:42 pm UTC

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What is the conflict in the story "The Fall of the House of Usher"?

There are several conflicts within this story. First, the narrator who comes to visit the Usher house has an internal conflict. He is conflicted because he wants to help his friend Roderick...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2012 12:46 am UTC

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How does the song in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" relate to the characters?

The title of Roderick's macabre song is "The Haunted Palace." The words reflect the brother and sister's existence in the House of Usher.In Stanza 1, Roderick croons about the keepers of...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2008 2:22 am UTC

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What are the main events, in chronological order, of "The Fall of the House of Usher"  by Edgar Allan Poe?

Prior to the beginning of the story, the unnamed narrator received a letter from his childhood friend, Roderick Usher, in which Roderick spoke of some illness and expressed his desire to see the...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2020 10:20 pm UTC

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Which descriptive details of the interior of the house suggest that the narrator has entered a realm that is very...

In his short story “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Edgar Allan Poe employs his skills in description to give readers a definition impression of the Usher home and how it matches the psyches of...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2019 1:16 am UTC

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What early details foreshadow the final crumbling of the house in "The Fall of the House of Usher"?

In the following passage, the narrator is describing the vault to which he and Usher move what they assume is the dead body of Lady Madeline: It had been used, apparently, in remote feudal times,...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2017 8:31 am UTC

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What is the single effect of the story "The Fall of the House of Usher"?

There can be many different answers for this question. I would say that one cannot pinpoint one single effect, to be quite honest. I would say that one primary effect would be shock/terror. The...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2008 5:04 pm UTC

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What is the significance of Roderick Usher’s poem “The Haunted Palace”? Single out one stanza for close analysis....

Poe incorporated "The Haunted Palace" into his story "The Fall of the House of Usher," and it's meant as an expression of the decay of Roderick Usher's family and the family home. One wonders,...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2018 6:25 am UTC

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How does Roderick Usher compare to his house?

Roderick Usher and his family house in Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" are similar because they are both decrepit and isolated; their fates also merge at the end of the story. Roderick Usher...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2017 8:03 pm UTC

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What evidence can you find that the narrator's state of mind may be deteriorating?

In his recollection of the events that lead to the literal and metaphoric fall of the house of Usher, the narrator notes from his very approach to the house that he feels destabilized by his...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2018 1:44 pm UTC

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The Fall Of The House Of Usher Summary

The narrator of the story, is going to the house of his childhood friend, Roderick Usher. It has been years since he has seen Usher. Roderick has sent his friend a letter telling him that he has...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2014 3:10 pm UTC

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What are 5 examples of gothic elements in "The Fall of the House of Usher"? 

One element that characterizes American Gothic literature is the intersection of the rational and the irrational. The story's narrator is the voice of reason; he comes to the House of Usher because...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2019 12:44 am UTC

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What does the storm at the end of "The Fall of the House of Usher" symbolize?

There are a few critical explanations that shed light on what the storm may symbolize in "The Fall of the House of Usher." The storm begins when Roderick becomes agitated over the noises he hears...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2009 7:31 am UTC

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How does Poe use personification in "The Fall of the House of Usher"?

Writers of Gothic literature often sought to inspire horror or fear within their readers. The Gothic was a sort of offshoot or subgenre of Romantic literature, and Romantics believed that intense...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020 12:39 pm UTC

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How does Edgar Allan Poe use the supernatural to create a neurosis narration in "The Fall of the House of Usher"?

In the story "The Fall of the House of Usher," Poe employs the supernatural as a figment of Roderick's imagination to show his crumbling sanity. The main character's behavior is increasingly...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019 6:21 pm UTC

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In "The Fall of the House of Usher," what is the significance of the narrator himself becoming affected by Roderick's...

Besides the interpretations already explained in other posts, it is also possible that the narrator is telling the truth about the events of the story. Many of Poe’s stories contain elements of the...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2019 11:35 pm UTC

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Discuss the ending of "The Fall of the House of Usher." What does it imply?

From the opening of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Fall of the House of Usher” to its ending, there is no question that the physical structure, the titular “house,” and its surroundings is a...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2020 5:21 pm UTC

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What's weird about the Usher family tree in "The Fall of the House of Usher"? 

The narrator learns that that the Usher family tree is unusual in that only one child every generation survives to have more children. This suggests that the family is not very healthy, as we can...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019 11:23 am UTC

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Why did Poe make Roderick and Madeline twins rather than simply brother and sister?

The fact that Roderick and Madeline are twins is crucial because it emphasizes the close connection between the Usher siblings. If they were just a regular brother and sister, then it would be more...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019 9:28 am UTC

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How does the weather contribute to the terrifying atmosphere of "The Fall of the House of Usher"?

The look of the estate is dark, dreary, and oppressive as the narrator arrives. A few days later, a violent storm arises the same night he hears strange and deeply unsettling noises from below. The...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018 11:57 pm UTC

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What adjectives does the narrator use to describe the House of Usher? 

Poe piles up relentlessly grim and dreary adjectives to describe the House of Usher and its surroundings. Adjectives include "dreary," "melancholy," "bleak," "rank," and "decayed." Importantly, Poe...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018 8:43 pm UTC

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What is the climax, falling action, and resolution of "The Fall of the House of Usher"?

The climax of "The Fall of the House of Usher " could be said to occur when Roderick tells the narrator "We have put her living in the tomb!" just before Madeline reappears. In the days leading up...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2018 7:37 pm UTC

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What is the conflict in "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe?

When assessing the conflict(s) in a story, it can be helpful to identify its climax, or the moment of the most tension in the text. It can also be a turning point of some kind. In this story, the...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2020 2:22 pm UTC

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What is a good thesis statement for "The Fall of the House of Usher" as a Gothic story?

As with all thesis statements you need to make sure you have certain elements in place. For one thing, you need to understand that you're not just describing a certain feature of the story; you're...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2018 10:09 am UTC

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How does Poe's setting affect the story The Fall of the House of Usher?

I agree that the setting of "The Fall of the House of Usher" is all important. The house functions, like Madeline, as a mirror or twin of the main character, Roderick Usher. Even the name "House of...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2018 12:03 pm UTC

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How does Roderick die at the end of "The Fall of the House of Usher?"

In "The Fall of The House of Usher," Poe doesn't specify precisely how Roderick dies. As a master of suspense, he wants to keep us guessing, forcing us to use our imaginations. This is the...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2017 10:53 am UTC

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What is Roderick Usher's appearance when he is first described in "The Fall Of The House Of Usher"?

The story opens with a description not of Roderick but of his house and its surroundings, which are gloomy, depressing, and ominous. This sets up a mood of looming horror, enhanced by the initial...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2018 4:09 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast the significance of houses or rooms in "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Yellow Wallpaper."

“The Fall of the House of Usher” is a short story by Edgar Allen Poe and is a quintessential example of the gothic genre. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a short story by American writer Charlotte...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2020 11:37 pm UTC

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How does Poe use tone, diction, etc. to create an overall effect upon the reader in "The Fall of the House of Usher"?

Poe is a master at creating suspense and total effect in all his pieces. "The Fall of the House of Usher" is no exception. From the very beginning when the narrator drops everything to go to his...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2009 11:24 pm UTC

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In the description of the exterior of the house in "The Fall of the House of Usher," which words suggest the presence...

The physical description of the House of Usher certainly adds to the ominous tone as the narrator approaches it. The walls are described as "bleak," suggesting that they are hopeless in form and...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2019 3:25 pm UTC

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In "The Fall of the House of Usher," what does the narrator read to Roderick to keep his mind off the storm?

This section of the short story comes towards its denouement, as the storm that clearly symbolises the intense agitation inside Roderick himself reaches its height as does Roderick's nervous...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2011 6:18 pm UTC

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What beliefs about the "sentience" of matter does Usher express to the narrator in The Fall of the House of Usher?

Roderick Usher's observation of "the sentience of all vegetable things" extends to his conviction that even inorganic things, such as the stones of his mansion, take on a certain consciousness of...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2016 8:54 pm UTC

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To what does the narrator compare the windows of the house? "The Fall of the House of Usher"

As he approaches the mansion of his old school friend, Roderick Usher, the narrator describes the "melancholy House of Usher" as desolate and terrible. The house has bleak walls and "vacant...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2011 4:45 pm UTC

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What is Roderick Usher's disorder? Which one is it: - antisocial personality disorder - avoidant personality...

To answer your question, we have to pose a few others: Is this a supernatural story or one of psychological horror, or both? Is Roderick Usher the only mentally ill character in the story? And how...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2019 8:39 am UTC

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In "The Fall of the House of Usher," what were Roderick's motives for burying Madeline alive when it seems that they...

You have asked a great question that really goes to the heart of this tale. We are never clear whether Roderick knowingly buries his sister alive out of pure malicious evil or whether it is just a...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2010 6:39 pm UTC

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The narrator describes the mansion as a face with "vacant eye-like windows" and a "gloom" about it. What, other than...

There does seem to be a psychic connection between the physical house that the Ushers live in, and the "house of Usher" as a family line. The house reflects, in its physical form, the fortunes of...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2018 12:22 am UTC

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What relationship has existed between the narrator and Roderick Usher in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of...

Appropriately enough for an Edgar Allan Poe story, the relationship between the narrator and Roderick Usher is somewhat strange. Although they're supposed to have been friends since childhood, it's...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2018 7:10 am UTC

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