"The Fall of the House of Usher"

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  • "The Fall of the House of Usher"
  • CM: The narrator receives a letter from a friend from his boyhood (Roderick Usher), informing him that he is suffering  from a mental disorder and has a desire to see the narrator. The narrator decides to go to see Roderick Usher. CD: "A letter... I accordingly obeyed forthwith..." (14).
  • CM: The narrator sees Madeline (Roderick's sister) walk in the house. The narrator has a feeling that it would be the first and last time that he would see her alive. CD: "While he spoke, the lady Madeline passed slowly... the lady, at least while living, would be seen by me no more" (19). 
  • CM: The narrator and Roderick Usher read stories and poetry as well as shared music together. Usher seemed to enjoy it and helped with his illness. CD: "Our books- the books which for years, had formed no small portion of the mental existence of the invalid..." (23).
  • CM: Madeline dies and Roderick confesses that he heard Madeline moving in the coffin while he was burying her but didn't do or say anything to help her. CD: "We have put her living in the tomb... i heard them many days ago.. (29).
  • CM: Madeline of Usher came back from the dead and fell onto Roderick Usher and "bored him to the floor" and the house crumbled to the narrator's feet. CD: "Figure of the lady of Madeline of Usher... bore him to the floor a corpse... once barely discernable fissure... from the roof of the building... and silently over the fragments of the "House of Usher" (30).
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