The Fall of the House of Usher Characters

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The unnamed narrator of the story is described as a childhood friend of Rodenck Usher's. However, the narrator notes that he does not know Roderick very well because Roderick's "reserve had always been excessive and habitual." The narrator visits the Usher family house after Roderick sends him an emotional letter begging him to come. While he seems skeptical of the supernatural and tries to find rational explanations for the disconcerting things happening around him, the narrator finds himself growing increasingly disturbed by the house and the Ushers. At the end of the story, when both Roderick and Madeline die, he flees and watches the house crumble and fall into a small lake. The narrator has been described as an objective witness to the events in the story, with some suggesting he represents rationality. Others, however, have concluded that he is unreliable and that he may, in fact, have...

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