House of Usher

House of Usher
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  •      EXPOSITION        
  • CONFLICT
  • Roderick is sick and dead-like.
  • I keep my paintings down here.
  • Okay. Show me.
  • RISING ACTION
  • On, "a dull, dark, and soundless day," (13) the narrator rides on horseback to the House of Usher. He is summoned by Roderick Usher because he has an, "acute bodily illness-of a mental disorder [that] oppressed him-and of an earnest desire to see," him (14).  The narrator sees the house as poor and as sick as Usher. He hopes to cheer his friend up. 
  • CLIMAX
  • The narrator sees Usher as cadaverous and with vary pale skin. From boyhood and now, Usher has become very sick. The narrator notices this and as he learns what Usher has become, he is disturbed and confused. He is worried about Usher, but at the same time a little scared. The more he spent time with Usher the more he learns about him. For instance, he learns that Usher keeps his art and paintings underground. (17 & 20)
  • FALLING ACTION
  • While learning that Roderick is sick, the narrator finds out that his twin sister Madeline is also sick. Roderick reveals to the narrator that she is dead. Roderick insist that they bury Madeline. They do this and put her in a vault.
  • RESOLUTION
  • Later on, the narrator and Usher hear a loud noise and see the figure of Madeline. Madeline has appeared back from the dead and has blood all over her robe. Usher is petrified with fear and is not composed. The narrator is also scared. He feels, "that the period will sooner or later arrive when [he] must abandon life and reason together, in some struggle with the grim phantasm, FEAR" (18). The fear and insanity from Usher is affecting the narrator.
  • During the storm, the narrator tried to calm down Usher by reading him a story. During this time, Madeline came in shaking and fell on top of her twin brother, Usher. She died and Usher died. The narrator was in shock.
  • During this shocking time, the narrator hears the sounds from the storm and notices that the fissure in the wall is starting to widen. The house splits in two and collapses. As this happens, the narrator quickly flees from the house to go outside, only to see the ruins are completely gone. The ruins of the house sunk into the lake and can not be seen. There is no trace of the House of Usher, and it is gone forever.
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