the fall of the house of Usher

the fall of the house of Usher

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  • The story takes place in the Usher family mansion, which is isolated and located in a “singularly dreary tract of country.” The house immediately stirs up in the narrator “a sense of insufferable gloom,” and it is described as having “bleak walls,” “vacant eye-like windows,” and “minute fungi overspread [on] the whole exterior.”
  • Bleak setting
  • Dramatic Description
  • The mental state of Usher in the story is described as unstable, and the narrator himself expresses that he seems to be getting affected by it.
  • Tortured Characters
  • Gloomy Mood
  • "(She) fell heavily inwards upon the person of her brother, and in her violent and now final death agonies, bore him to the floor a corpse"
  • Strange or violent plot
  • Recurring Symbolism
  • "...terrestrial objects immediately around were glowing in the unnatural light
  • The whole story is set in a gloomy atmosphere with mysterious happenings and dark descriptions like "air of stern, deep and irredeemable gloom"
  • "a barely perceptible fissure, which, extending from the roof of the building in the front, made its way down the wall in a zigzag direction, until it became lost in the sullen waters of the tarn
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