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The Fall Of The House Of Usher By Edgar Allan Poe

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Nothing Lasts forever. We are told that since a very young age. There is nothing in the world that can stand up to the test of time. Some deny this and desperately hold on to the idea that they will be the ones to prove this idea wrong. This only forstalls their fall and makes it all the grander. In a short story by the horror and romantic writer Edgar Allan Poe “The Fall of the House of Usher” one character is recognizing his own decay and tries desperately to avoid it. The two main characters, Usher and the unnamed friend of Usher who we read the story though. Ushers friend has been called by Usher, who he has not seen since childhood, to come to his house and try to cheer him up in his sickly days. Ushers friend spend the next days trying desperately to help his friend cheer up from his sickness and will bear witness to Usher’s sisters “death” and the eventual death of Usher himself. The theme that Poe focuses on throughout the story focus on the idea of decay, or more specifically the eventual death and decay of everything. Throughout the short story “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Edgar Allan Poe uses the literary Elements of setting and characterization to develop his theme of nothing lasting forever.

The setting of a story is often the first part a person reads and sometimes is the first time the theme is introduced. When Poe establishes the setting it is not only to set the tone but also introduce on of his stories themes. The mansion of Usher is old and clearly
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