"I looked upon the scene before me... upon the bleak walls-upon a few white trunks of decayed trees-with the utter depression of soul, which I can compare to no earthly sensation more properly than to the after-dream of the reveler upon opium"(14). In the beginning of the book, the narrator comes to the House of Usher. This is significant because he hasn't seen his friend in forever, and to see his place of living is a step closer to finally interacting with Roderick.
Madeline Returns from the Vault
A cadaverousness of complexion; an eye large, liquid, luminous beyond comparison; lips somewhat thin and very pallid, but of a surpassingly beautiful curve; a nose of a delicate Hebrew model..."(17). As it has been "many years" since the narrator saw Roderick, it is important because at last these boyhood friends meet and this acts as a doorway into what is yet to come.
The Fall of the House
"...one evening, having informed me abruptly that the lady Madeline was no more, he stated his intention of preserving her corpse for a fortnight...in one of the numerous vaults within the main walls of the building"(23). This is significant in the story because when lady Madeline "died," it leaves only one left of the Usher family, Roderick. Also, the childhood friend of the narrator has "lost" his sole companion for many years and beloved sister.
"... there did stand the did stand the loftly and enshrouded figure of the lady Madeline of Usher. There was blood upon her white robes, and the evidence of some bitter struggle upon every portion of her emanciated frame"(30). After hearing many sounds and echos, the unlikely thought of the lady still being alive became true as she escaped the coffin to use her last bit of energy to get revenge on Roderick. As a result, he dies from what could've been a heart-attack, and the narrator fled the scene through fear.
"While I gazed , this fissure rapidly widened-there came a fierce breath of the whirlwind-the entire orb of the satellite burst at once upon my sight-my brain reeled as I saw the mighty walls rushing asunder..."(30). As the narrator ran from the house, the fissure seen at the begginning, causes the house to collapse and crumble to pieces. This is important because it shows that not only did the house of the Ushers fall, but the Usher family and name is no more.