The Fall of the House of Usher

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  • "The Fall of The House of Usher"
  • Remote Setting
  • Tormented Character
  • "The Fall of the House" of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe contains the five requirements to be considered a Gothic story. This storyboard describes them.
  • Supernatural Elements
  • The narrator arrives at the melancholy house of Usher on a dull and dreary autumn day. It took him three whole days on horseback to visit his troubled friend Roderick Usher. This remote setting gives the story a gloomy and melancholy feel.
  • Macabre or Violent Events
  • Roderick Usher is mentally tormented in the story. He is severely depressed and suffers from paranoia. He believes that he will soon die of fright in his home, so he asks his friend, the narrator, to help him.
  • Vivid Language
  • There are multiple supernatural events in "The Fall of the House off Usher." In the book, Roderick believed that the house had supernatural qualities and was out to kill him. In the animated film, Madeline leaves her coffin and kills Roderick as a ghost.
  • In the film "The Fall of the House of Usher," many strange and macabre events happen to the narrator (Phillip Winthrop). First, the chandelier almost falls on him. Then, the banister breaks, and he almost plummets to his death.
  • In the story, Poe uses vivid language to describe Roderick Usher and how he's changed since the narrator last met him. He uses words like "feeble," "vivacious," and "trepidancy" to describe Usher.
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