Why does the entire house collapse at the end of the story? (example in at least six sentences and give a couple of quotes)
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There is a decaying sense of mortality that haunts this story. As Roderick Usher and his creepy world dissolve and collapse, so does his house. The house is a personification of Roderick himself. As Roderick's own physical and mental demise hits a crescendo, the destruction finally comes together. His zombie-like sister, the collapsing house and the disintegration of Roderick all come to us in one package.