The House of Usher

The House of Usher
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  • Exposition
  • Rising Action
  • Conflict
  • The narrator arrives at the House of Usher at the request of his childhood friend, Roderick Usher, who is suffering from a mental illness. The house is creepy, like it is surrounded by an unusual atmosphere.
  • Climax
  • The narrator tries to cheer up Roderick Usher, and he learns that Usher's twin sister just died of the same illness that Usher has. They place her in a coffin inside the mansion. Secretly, the narrator is starting to believe in the darkness that Usher tells him about.
  • Falling Action
  • Roderick Usher and his twin sister, Lady Madeline, both struggle with a mental illness. The narrator goes and tries to comfort Usher.
  • Resolution
  • In the middle of a very stormy night, Usher and the narrator realize that Lady Madeline wasn't actually dead. She walks through the door, collapses on Usher, and both of the twins die.
  • The narrator flees the mansion, terrified.
  • As the narrator looks back, the mansion collapses. This symbolizes the actual House of Usher collapsing and the family of Usher no longer existing because they all died.
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