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

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Why does the “house” of Usher fall?

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The house of Usher designates both the physical home the Usher family lives in and the genealogical line of a family with the last name Usher.

The Usher family falls when the last two heirs to the family name, brother and sister Roderick and Madeline, both die in front of the narrator. Madeline has previously been placed into a crypt, considered dead, but she emerges from it, bloody, to make her way upstairs and die in her brother's arms. When she dies, he dies too. As the narrator puts it,

For a moment she remained trembling and reeling to and fro upon the threshold—then, with a low moaning cry, fell heavily inward upon the...

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