The Fall of the House of Usher Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does the narrator feel as he approaches the House of Usher?

As the narrator comes to the House of Usher, he is filled with an inexplicable and overwhelming sense of gloom and foreboding.

2. How does the narrator throw off his sense of gloom upon approaching the house?

Nothing the narrator does, no stretch of his imagination, can erase his black mood.

3. Why is the narrator on his way to the House of Usher?

The narrator is on his way to the House of Usher to spend a few weeks at the request of his childhood friend, Roderick Usher.

4. What had Roderick written to the narrator to get the narrator to come visit?

Roderick had written to the narrator detailing Roderick's current mental agitation and hoping that a visit might cheer him in some way.

5. What does the narrator say about his friendship with Roderick Usher?

The narrator writes that, though he and Usher were close as children, he knows little of Roderick now except that his family has been very passionate about the arts.

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