The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher

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  • Most unsettling,this house is all cracked and decayed
  • help me, my friend. This house seeks to destroy me and I fear that it's causing my mind to become cracked and decayed
  • Now I am truely alone, the last of my house
  • I'm not entirely sure, but she still seems to have a blush to here skin, even in death.
  • Exposition: characters: Rodrick Usher, the narrator, and Madeline Usher Setting: The House of Usher Background information: The narrator receives a letter from his old childhood friend, Rodrick Usher, asking him to come and help him in his ill state.
  • I hear you Madeline. I've heard you for days, but I can't tell him or he'll think I'm mad.
  • What's causing those noises, and what is Rodrick mumbling to himself, like a madman, about 
  • Conflict: Usher is both physically and mentally ill
  • Rising Action:  Rodrick's sick sister Madeline is found dead from her paralytic disease, and Rodrick has her put into a temporary tomb under the house.
  • Rising Action: Both of them are woken up one stormy atmospheric night, by strange noises and the narrator attempts to calm a frantic Rodrick with a story before he completely loses it, but hears the sounds he describes in the book through out the house.
  • Climax:  Rodrick reveals that they've been hearing Madeline trying to escape the tomb, believing they buried her alive. Then Madeline comes through the door covered in blood.
  • Falling Action: Madeline lunges at Rodrick, but dies of either her disease or her wounds. The sight of seeing his recently dead sister that he buried alive causes Rodrick to die of fear.
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