The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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“The Fall of the House of Usher” is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe, one of the Fathers of Gothic writing. This short story is a prime example of American Gothic Fiction due to some of the characteristics it contains that also defines Gothic literature. The story is about an unnamed narrator, arriving at the home of one of his old friends, Roderick Usher, and his experiencing of the abnormalities of living in the House of Usher. Eventually, the Roderick and his sister, Madeline, die together and within minutes the house cracks in half and caves in on them, thus ending the Usher family line. The “Fall of the House of Usher” contains numerous characteristics that fall in line with Gothic Fiction, based on Lloyd-Smith’s “American

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