The Fall of the House of Usher

Explain the symbolism of the House in The Fall of the House of Usher.

from The Fall of The House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

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The House of Usher symbolizes the decay of both the "house" and the family. 

The gothic and otherworldly images are symbolic of madness.

The house's deteriorated state represents the emotional and physical deterioration of Roderick and his sister (Madeline).

The collapse of the home is symbolic of the destruction (end) of the Usher name. 



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