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by Edgar Allan Poe

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An unnamed protagonist (the Narrator) is summoned to the remote mansion of his boyhood friend, Roderick Usher. Filled with a sense of dread by the sight of the house itself, the Narrator reunites with his old companion, who is suffering from a strange mental illness and whose sister Madeline is near death due to a mysterious disease. The Narrator provides company to Usher while he paints and plays guitar, spending all his days inside, avoiding the sunlight and obsessing over the sentience of the non-living. When Madeline dies, Usher decides to bury her temporarily in one of his house's large vaults. A few days later, however, she emerges from her provisional tomb, killing her brother while the Narrator flees for his life. The House of Usher…

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Posted By nila m #380600 at Aug 07, 2014 4:31 AM

What did the friends do whenever Roderick felt the fear?

I'm having a hard time understanding the story so if you guys could fill me in that would be appreciated.

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Posted By nicholas s #352352 at Jan 07, 2014 10:55 AM

The narrator says that the atmosphere in the vault is so oppressive that?

1) they cannot leave Madeline there. 2) Roderick panics. 3) the torches almost go out. 4) they decide to place Madeline in her room.

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Posted By asma r #367987 at Apr 19, 2014 2:46 AM