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In the short story The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allen Poe uses many familiar literary elements to convey a total effect These elements are setting characters plot and theme Throughout the story Poe masterfully chooses words to combine these elements for his effect In this story the effect is decadence and despair These are seen in the story from the beginning to the end in everything from the house to the characters The story is set in a place of despair and gloom At the beginning of the story the narrator rides up to the house and describes the scene A place that sickens the heart a pestilent and mystic vapor dull sluggish faintly discernible and leaden-hued 137 Also the mansion itself is in an awful state and by the end collapses The discoloration of ages had been great 137 reminded me of old woodwork which has rotted for long years in some neglected vault 137 By this Poe uses setting significantly to contribute to his effect Along with setting Poe uses characters to incorporate his effect Even as the narrator approaches the House of Usher he begins to be effected by the atmosphere of the place He is sucked into Ushers world that was created by years in the dismal house In the story the narrator is summoned by Roderick Usher on account of Ushers physical decay Madeline Usher also after failing health supposedly dies Poe also uses the decline of his characters and the decline of the mansion hand in hand As the story progresses the condition of the house and of the Ushers worsens Then at the end when Madeline falls on her brother the house falls as well How Poe uses the characters helps him continue with his effect The next element Poe uses is plot The plot in this story is no different than his others it is strange weird and occult These all go
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