What is the significance of the house in the story "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe?

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The house is symbolic of the psychological and physical decay of Roderick Usher and his twin sister, Madeline. There is, of course, the "barely perceptible fissure" that runs the length of the house and eventually splits the house into two—the crack forms a part of the overall aspect of the house, which shows evidence of great antiquity, and while "no portion of the masonry had fallen," the entire structure seems on the verge of total collapse. Usher has come to believe that his fate is bound up with he fate of his house; this, and the illness of his sister, his only companion, accounts for his extreme nervousness. This comes to a head when he believes she she has died and he buries her in the house's crypt. The narrator and Usher both hear a horrible banging sound from the crypt, and Usher realizes that Madeline has been buried alive. Her return from the crypt is both a way of claiming her brother's life and a kind of symbolic, if ghastly, consummation of their relationship—the twins...

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