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  • Exposition: The narrator receives a letter from an old friend Roderick
  • Hmm I wonder why I received a letter from such an old friend.
  • Inciting Incident: When he arrives he sees his friend Roderick. Who looked very different and who has a mental disease. He had a "cadaverousness of complexion."
  • Rising Action: Madaline has "flush cheeks and a lingering smile on her face", but is assumed to be dead. She is locked in a vault. Roderick wanted to "preserve her body for a fortnight." 
  • "I'm gonna preserver your body to protect you from people who will dig you up. 
  • He leaves to go see what his friend needs and arrives at a very dark and depressing house. It was the "mansion of gloom." 
  • Climax:Roderick goes even more insane and tells the narrator that he has been keeping the secret that he buried Madeline alive
  • "I buried Madaline alive"
  • The narrator sees a women named Madaline who disappears into a room. Madaline is described to have "settled apathy", her muscles are rigid, and she is wasting away. 
  • Falling Action: Madaline rises from the "dead" (wasn't really dead) 
  • Roderick begins to go even more insane and he has a secret that he isn't sharing. 
  • Resolution: Roderick dies of fear after seeing Madaline alive
  • Shortly after...
  • She makes her way out of the vault and goes towards Roderick 
  • The Usher house comes tumbling down and the narrator escapes the dark, eerie, and depressing home of the Ushers'
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