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During the whole of a dull dark and soundless day in the autumn of the year when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavensas the shades of the evening drew onwith the view of the melancholy House of Usher Pg 1534 With these words Edgar Allan Poe begins one of his most famous works The Fall of the House of Usher a tale of horror a horror implemented through Poes gothic description of his settings and his characters The narrator a childhood companion of Roderick Ushers arrives to find an old mansion with the re-modelled and inverted images of the gray sedge and the ghastly tree-stems and the vacant and eye-like windows Pg 1535 His first view of the house comes in a large pool of tarn or swampy dead matter surrounding the house The narrator who remains nameless throughout the story immediately says that he is filled with a sense of insufferable gloom pg1535 This sense foreshadows the dark dreary conditions to come in the story The narrator upon entering the house sees a typically furnished 19th century dwelling However he becomes confused as to why familiar objects such as the tapestries on the wall and the tall archways make him fell even more superstitious He even describes the suits of armor on the walls as having a ghost or phantom like quality The somber tapestries of the walls and the ebon blackness of the floorsPg 1536 and the dark tattered draperies Pg 1540 all add to the eerie effect that Poe establishes for his reader The narrator sees this setting as the cause of the mental illness that Roderick told his about in the letter that summoned him there When the narrator first meets his host Usher greets him very warmly and the narrator sits with Usher silently for some time While he sits there he cannot believe how much Usher has changed since their boyhood days Usher is described as cadaverous
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