"Fall of the House of Usher"

"Fall of the House of Usher"

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  • CD: "...dull, dark, and soundless day...within view of the melancholy House of Usher. I know not how it was-but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit" (13). CM: This quote right away gives off a depressing and intense mood to introduce the deathly horrors that awaits.
  • CD: "I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow...A cadaverousness of complexion...lips somewhat thin and pallid" (16-17). CM: This quote represents how the narrator perceives Roderick Usher. Adding on, he explains how his very noticeably ill friend has a complexion of death.
  • CD: "... we partially turned aside the yet unscrewed lid of the coffin, and looked upon the face of the tenant...the mockery of a faint blush upon the bosom and the face, and that suspiciously lingering smile upon the lip which is so terrible in death" (24). CM: While opening up Usher's "dead" twin sisters coffin, the narrator states that there is a faint blush on her face. However, if one is to be said, dead, how is there color on her face, unless she really isn't dead.
  • CD: "...I had taken up was the Mad Trist of Sir Launcelot Canning...the only book  immediately at hand; and I indulged a vague hope that the excitement which now agitated the hypochondriac, might find relief" (27). CM: In this quote, the narrator is trying to distract Usher from his unwavering thoughts that have been haunting him.
  • CD: " ...It was the work of the rushing gust-but then without those doors there did stand the lofty and enshrouded figure of the lady Madeline of Usher...then, with a low moaning cry, fell heavily inward upon the person of her brother" (30). CM: This quote shows how the pronounced "dead" twin sister of Roderick Usher is alive. By using context clues readers can inquire that Usher buried his sister alive and his sickness was the guilt from killing her.
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