The Fall of the House of Usher - 2

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  • THEME
  • As Usher's condition worsened, he fervently began to believe that his malady was a reflection of the House of Usher's state of disrepair and became obsessed with books, particularly a text containing prayers for the deceased.
  • RISING ACTION
  • She was my twin.
  • The eventual demise of Lady Madeline came as the family evil struck again. Wanting to preserve his sister's body for two weeks, Usher entombed her corpse in a wall crypt, sealed behind an iron door.
  • CHARACTERIZATION - DYNAMIC
  • Eight nights later...  Awoken by something going bump in the night...
  • Have you heard it?! You shall yet! You shall see!
  • Usher's deteriorated mental state correlates with the disrepair of the house. This visual thematic element is utilized by Poe to enhance the effect that the story has on the reader.
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  • Sit down. You must not think in this way. Come, I shall entertain you with a book.
  • The door of the hermitage opened with a creak to a reveal a dragon and its riches. ...
  • The book was Sir Lancelot Canning's Mad Trist, in which the hero Ethelred travels through a dark forest in the gale of a tempest, seeking a malevolent hermit.
  • The death of Lady Madeline and her entombment demonstrates rising action in the story because this event is central to the climax and resolution of the conflict.
  • CLIMAX
  • You have heard it?! Yes, I have heard it for many months, yes yes. And now you too have heard it. Make no mistake; my senses are acute. We have disposed of her too soon.
  • She is here!
  • This slide illustrates dynamic characterization because it shows a major development in Usher's character, as he exhibits a previously unseen level of terror and hysteria.
  • RESOLUTION
  • And so the House of Usher falls,
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  • Ethelred slew the beast with a mighty skull-cracking blow from his mace, and the dragon uttered a horrible death screech. ...
  • And now, Ethelred's treasure, the shield, was his, and it fell at his feet with a great clank. ...
  • *DEEP METALLIC GROAN*
  • *SCREECH*
  • *Creeeeak*
  • The death of Usher at the hands of his sister is the climax of the story because the conflict can go no further when Usher is dead.
  • The conflict is resolved as Usher dies and the House of Usher collapses.
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