Usher

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  • The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Sean Hannon  Period: 5
  • "I looked upon the scene before me—upon the mere house, and the simple landscape features of the domain—upon the bleak walls—upon the vacant eyelike windows—upon a few rank sedges—and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees..." (14).  The Narrator is going to the House of Usher.
  • "Nevertheless, in this mansion of gloom I now proposed myself a sojourn of some weeks. Its proprietor, Roderick Usher..." (14). The Narrator has arrived at the House of Usher.
  • "In the manner of my friend...his voice varied rapidly...that leaden, self-balanced, and perfectly modulated guttural utterance, which may be observed in the lost drunkard, or the irreclaimable eater of opium, during the periods of his most intense excitement" (17).  The Narrator learns that Roderick has fallen ill and has become crazy.
  • "...with a low moaning cry, fell heavily inward upon the person of her brother, and in her violent and now final death agonies, bore him to the floor a corpse..." (30). Madeline kills Roderick for burying her alive.
  • "While I gazed, this fissure rapidly widened...my brain reeled as I saw the mighty walls rushing asunder...and the deep and dank tarn at my feet closed sullenly and silently of the fragments of the 'House of Usher'" (30).  The  Narrator is leaving the fallen house of Usher.
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