The Fall of the House of Usher

What beliefs about the "sentience" of matter does Usher express to the narrator?

From the Fall of the House of the Usher 

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Roderick Usher is convinces that the inanimate universe is full if sentience. He feels that objects and even the "atmosphere" surrounding his home have their own senses or even life force. These very abnormal, even paranoid, thoughts reflect Roderick's very fragile mental state.