The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher
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  • EXPOSITION
  • The house belonged to the man's eccentric childhood friend Roderick Usher, who summoned him to assist him in combating his illness and to enjoy his company.
  • A sense of doom and neglect filled the air.
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  • The foyer, while familiar, seemed oppressive and sinister. The Usher physician seemed deeply unsettled by the events within the House of Usher.
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  • Usher's condition was clearly poor. He was pale, gaunt, and sickly looking, and his hair was beginning to fall out.
  • Exposition is prominently featured in this scene because it gives background information and sets up the story.
  • CONFLICT
  • Thank you for coming, my friend. My condition stems from a spiritual evil, a family evil.
  • It has drained all pleasures and joys from my life and replaced them with acute senses and morbid thoughts.
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  • A family evil...
  • Lady Madeline, Roderick Usher's ill sister, walks through the shadows in the room. Despite seeing her many times before, her appearance unsettled the man and moved Usher to soft fearful sobs.
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  • The man earnestly tried to help his friend improve his condition, but his efforts were ultimately fruitless.
  • This scene introduces the conflict, Usher's struggle with his illness.
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  • It was as if Usher was terrified of her.
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  • Usher remained depressed and fixated on better days.
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