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How does Edgar Allan Poe's setting affect "The Fall of the House of Usher"? Discuss the symbolism involved in Edgar Allan Poe's description of the house itself and its surroundings.

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This posting discusses Edgar Allen Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher, explaining how its setting and the language used to describe the setting set the tone in the short story.

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The story takes place at night (dusk) on an autumn day in the 1800s at a mansion in the country "...dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year...." The mansion itself is covered with fungus and is surrounded by a moat-like lake. Only a single bridge across the moat allows visitors in and out of the mansion. The description of the setting and the imagery provided by Poe allows the reader to instantly imagine this scary, decaying house in a remote countryside. One can smell the mold and decay in the air, and one can also sense death all around. The narrator of the story, Roderick's childhood companion, feels "...a sense of insufferable gloom" as he ...

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