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.
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Edgar Allan Poe is a creative genius. As you read his work, it's imperative to not do a superficial reading; as well, question the characters and narrator.
Impressive art work
Hardly could anyone write a horrible story in such an elegant way. The gist has not been so clear until the end the book, but I can feel the sense of gloom and eeire throughout the novel.
It's truly a captivating piece. I read it once in high school, but I can't say that I appreciated the value of this piece originally. There are tons of underlying themes, the dense fog of the unknown, and personally I love the way he writes. Great short story.