The Fall of the House of Usher

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The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allen Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" main characters parallel the house that they inhabit. The two siblings, Roderick and Madeline Usher, that occupy the Usher house have both become very elusive, and mentally ill because of the house. The erosion of both the physical house of Usher and the people of the house Usher are comparative to each other. As the physical house of …

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…once lived is now just a memory. The current state of the house is a dim and depressing one, as described in the poem: "A hideous throng rush out forever, / And laugh -- but smile no more" (1398). The story within a story to creates further description of how the house and family relate to each other. The lives of the two were synonymous as they both lived and fell at the end of the story.