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The Fall of the House of Usher Classical gothic imagery is used throughout the story Drippingly dark surroundings and terrifying ghostly symbols are used throughout to evoke a sense of fear When the narrator approaches the house he says he was struck by an overwhelming sense of gloom as he entered the ivy- covered decaying old house The very sight of the house caused him an illness a sickening feeling of the heart an unredeemed dreariness Even though the eye like windows of the mansion seemed to be staring at him he managed to get over his fear and continue the path to the door When he entered the house he was led to Rodericks inner chamber where it looked as if sunlight had never entered Roderick looked terrifying The dark atmosphere and the personality of the mansion had moulded the destinies of his family and made him what he was He and his sister were ill but his sister was confined to bed and there was no cure for her illness She and her brother looked just alike Throughout the story the narrator is amazed by everything he is seeing It is a dark gloomy place filled with illness It talks of things decaying dungeons and medieval trappings All through the story the reader is feeling a sense of fear from all of the horrid details In the end the blood may have suggested that Madeline was a vampiress The horrid mental images brings on a wonderfully grim suspense
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