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March 14 2004 In Edgar Allen Poes short story The Fall of the House of Usher the narrator is forced to the very edge of sanity He is presented with a mental tug-of-war between the realistic and imaginary science and supernatural and reality and fiction Through examination of the plot summary and characters including the narrator and the house itself of Poes The Fall of the House of Usher the conflicting worlds of rationalism and madness are revealed The setting of the House of Usher is set by the narrator as very dark and melancholy Upon his approach to the mansion he confronts the reader with a vast amount of gloomy imagery iciness a sinking a sickening of the heart Poe 714 He then reveals that the proprietor a childhood friend named Roderick Usher has invited him because of a pitiable mental idiosyncrasy that has invaded his mind Poe 715 The narrator has learned that the Usher family which has been well known through the years for many works of art has put forth at no period any enduring branch Poe 715 Also the narrator is aware that the title House of Usher refers not only to the familys mansion but the family as well Upon entrance to the house the narrator is taken aback by his once attractive friends appearance a cadaverousness of complexion an eye large liquid and luminous beyond comparison lips somewhat thin and very pallid Poe 717 Usher suffers from fear driven hallucinations and deranged superstitions His ultimate fear is he must abandon life and reason together in my struggles with some fatal demon of fear Poe 717 The narrator is then informed of Ushers sister Madeline receives and is told by Usher that it will be his first and only glance of her alive The narrator is shocked at the resemblance between Usher and his sister While Usher suffers from a disorder of his mind his
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