Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The Fall of the House of Usher

Category:     Gothic     

Author:     Edgar Allan Poe

Summary:  The narrator of the story tells of an autumn visit to the House of Usher, the family home of his boyhood friend, Roderick Usher. Roderick and his sister Madeline have been living relatively isolated in the house and have grown unnaturally close as she weakens with a terminal illness. After her death, Roderick becomes increasingly the victim of his fear and horror at his sister’s death. As a storm roars around the house, he convinces himself that Madeline was buried alive and that she has forced her way out of the tomb and is coming to confront him.

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