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

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Why is Usher's poem included in "The Fall of the House of Usher"?

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Edgar Allen Poe includes a song sung by Usher in "The Fall of the House of Usher" as a literary device and as character development and as a plot device. The literary device is the literary technique of foreshadowing that predicts the ultimate sad end of Usher and the literal fall of the House of Usher. Without this device, the story would not have contained a needed clue suggesting its end; all surprise endings must be...

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