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  • Exposition is background information. The narrator gets a letter from Usher asking for help. The narrator then travels to usher's house.
  • Characterization is the distinctive nature of a person. The narrator is first helpful, but then becomes scared and worried for his friend. Usher is a static person; he does not change much and stays skeptic of everything. Madeline is a dynamic character. She starts out nice, but then becomes evil and harsh to Usher.
  • Hello, friend!
  • Hi Roderick, I hope I can help during my stay.
  • Conflict is the main struggle within the story. After Madeline "dies," Usher starts acting more weird and things start acting strange with in the house. 
  • The narrator arrives at The House of Usher on horseback. Roderick Usher wrote a letter to the narrator asking him to come and help him overcome an agitation. The narrator can not believe how run down the house is.
  • Conflict
  • This is a loss I will forever grieve over
  • Madeline Usher
  • Poor Roderick, this place is awful, even for the dead.
  • The narrator enters the house and is welcomed by Roderick and Madeline. Roderick suffers from mental illnesses and Madeline suffers from catalepsy.
  • The theme of the story is based around the idea of madness. Usher is a sick man whose fears manifest themselves through his supernatural family estate. This theme is especially shown at the end when Madeline comes back to kill Usher.
  • Usher tells the narrator that Madeline is dying. When she passes, Usher places here body in a vault for the time being until he decides what to do.
  • The narrator notices that Madeline's cheeks are still flushed. Usher's appearance worsens after her death.
  • About a week later, a large storm comes. Usher and the narrator find it hard to sleep.
  • The storm is terrifying. Unusual things start to happen within the house.
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