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The Fall of the House of Usher

As the narrator approaches the house, he notes that it is in a great state of disrepair. It is covered in fungi, and the stones themselves are crumbling. This state of decay symbolizes the...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2021, 10:53 am (UTC)

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The Fall of the House of Usher

"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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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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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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Before the narrator of "The Fall of the House of Usher" has even set foot inside the place, it's clear that the Ushers' spooky old house is no ordinary home. Its "excessive antiquity" with its...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2020, 4:29 pm (UTC)

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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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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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The Fall of the House of Usher

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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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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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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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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The unnamed narrator describes the interior of the house of Usher, where he has gone to visit his old friend, Roderick Usher. First, he enters through a Gothic archway. The ceilings are carved,...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2020, 7:08 pm (UTC)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Fall of the House of Usher

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 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 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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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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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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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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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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When the narrator first arrives at the Usher house, he finds Roderick in a dreadful condition, with an unknown illness having "terribly altered" the young man, reducing him to a shadow of his...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2020, 11:32 am (UTC)

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I would argue that the most important event in this tale of horror is the final scene, during which Madeline dies (again) and takes Roderick with her. Madeline had ostensibly died the week before...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2020, 7:56 pm (UTC)

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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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The Fall of the House of Usher

When asking about the relationship between art and reality in "The Fall of the House of Usher," one must look to the central artist figure in the story, Roderick Usher. Roderick is fearful and mad,...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2019, 1:37 am (UTC)

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These words do not actually appear, but are a translation of the French that opens the story: Son cœur est un luth suspendu; Sitôt qu’on le touche il résonne. These words would appear to refer...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2019, 7:05 am (UTC)

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In Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher," it is implied that the Usher family's illnesses are a result of incest. At the beginning of the story, the unnamed narrator approaches the...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2019, 3:01 am (UTC)

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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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The Fall of the House of Usher

"The Fall of the House of Usher" centers on an unnamed narrator who goes to visit his friend Roderick Usher in his mysterious and gloomy home. Upon arrival, the narrator discovers that both...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2020, 12:55 pm (UTC)

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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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The second paragraph of the story very clearly recounts why the narrator is visiting the house. In the first paragraph, the narrator describes himself riding "on horseback, through a singularly...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2016, 4:58 pm (UTC)

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As the other answer to this question points out, the narrator of the tale realizes that Madeline and Roderick are twins when he sees her in her coffin. This realization heightens the connection...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2016, 1:04 pm (UTC)

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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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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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I think one of the psychological aspects that is worthy of discussion is the character, nature and motivation of Roderick Usher. It is never precisely clear whether he has deliberately interned the...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2010, 5:14 am (UTC)

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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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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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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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It's never explicitly stated that Roderick is directly responsible for his sister's death. Given that he's mentally unstable, it's more than a distinct possibility. What clouds the issue is the...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019, 9:04 am (UTC)

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The Fall of the House of Usher

In the gothic short story "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator arrives on an oppressively cloudy day at the gloomy house of Usher. He has come to visit his boyhood...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2019, 3:40 pm (UTC)

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After Madeline Usher's death, the narrator helps Roderick to place her body in its "temporary entombment." He says, The body having been encoffined, we two alone bore it to its rest. The vault in...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2019, 6:57 pm (UTC)

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As befitting a gothic tale, Poe uses many parallels to construct this masterful story of horror and dread. However, two of the most striking that, to me, are central to the story and its impact are...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2010, 9:21 pm (UTC)

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At the end of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher," eponymous house, in which the Usher family has lived for generations, dramatically collapses. This fall is the literal meaning of...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2020, 11:20 am (UTC)

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