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"The Fall of the House of Usher" is one of Poe's best remembered stories. It has been adapted many times for film, including [[Film/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher1928USA a 1928 American silent short film]], a [[Film/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher1928France 1928 French feature film]], and a [[Film/HouseOfUsher famous 1960 production]] directed by Creator/RogerCorman and starring Creator/VincentPrice. Bethany Griffin based her 2014 book, The Fall, off of this short story.


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"The Fall of the House of Usher" is one of Poe's best remembered stories. It has been adapted many times for film, including [[Film/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher1928USA a 1928 American silent short film]], a [[Film/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher1928France 1928 French feature film]], and a [[Film/HouseOfUsher famous 1960 production]] directed by Creator/RogerCorman and starring Creator/VincentPrice. Bethany Griffin based her 2014 book, The Fall, book ''The Fall'' off of this short story.




* BloodSplatteredWeddingDress: It isn't a wedding dress, but rather funeral robes, but still, Madeline's dress is stained with blood from the exertion of climbing out of her coffin.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Roderick's unnatural fixation on his sister and the unnatural closeness between them strongly hint at this. Some adaptations like the 2006 Gruselkabinett radio drama outright state that this is the case.

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* BloodSplatteredWeddingDress: It isn't a wedding dress, but rather funeral robes, but robes; still, Madeline's dress is stained with blood from the exertion of climbing out of her coffin.
* BrotherSisterIncest: BrotherSisterIncest[=/=]IncestSubtext[=/=]{{Twincest}}: Roderick's unnatural fixation on his sister and the unnatural unusual closeness between them strongly hint at this. this, and Website/TheOtherWiki notes that many literary scholars have interpreted this to be the author's intent. Some adaptations adaptations, like the 2006 Gruselkabinett radio drama drama, outright state that this is the case.



* DoubleMeaningTitle: The story is about the downfall of the House of Usher (that is, the aristocratic Usher family), and about the literal ''fall'' of their ancestral mansion, which collapses and sinks into the Earth.

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* DoubleMeaningTitle: The story is about the downfall of the House of Usher (that is, the aristocratic Usher family), and about the literal ''fall'' of their ancestral mansion, which collapses and sinks into the Earth.lake.



* IncestSubtext: Roderick and Madeline seem a little ''too'' close...



* LetThePastBurn: Ends this way as the mansion collapses, and the curse of the Usher family is brought to closure through the destruction of the house, as well as the protagonist's love interest.

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* LetThePastBurn: Ends this way as the mansion collapses, and the curse of the Usher family is brought to closure through the destruction of the house, as well as the protagonist's love interest.house.



* NoNameGiven: For the narrator. Adaptations tend to name him Philipp.

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* NoNameGiven: For the narrator. Adaptations tend to name him Philipp.Philip.



* {{Twincest}}: Strongly hinted at; see BrotherSisterIncest above. Roderick and Madeline are way, way too close.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The footman and valet that greet the narrator are afterwards forgotten about.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The footman and valet that greet the narrator are afterwards forgotten about.
forgotten.


* AndIMustScream: Madeline's catalepsy causes Roderick to think she's dead and bury her alive. She spends an indeterminate amount of time clawing her way out when the catalepsy wears off. In the end, both she and Roderick are buried alive when their mansion collapses around them.

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* AndIMustScream: Madeline's catalepsy causes Roderick to think she's dead and bury her alive. She spends an indeterminate amount of time clawing her way out when the catalepsy wears off. In the end, both she and Roderick are buried alive when their mansion collapses around them.

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* BlessedWithSuck: Roderick has very acute senses... which are a massive burden and inconvenience for him.

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* AndIMustScream: Madeline's catalepsy causes Roderick to think she's dead and bury her alive. She spends an indeterminate amount of time clawing her way out when the catalepsy wears off. In the end, both she and Roderick are buried alive when their mansion collapses around them.


An unnamed narrator arrives at the creepy, dank, decaying old castle occupied by twins Roderick and Madeline Usher, after receiving a letter from Roderick asking for his help. He finds that the Ushers are not well. Roderick is feverish and has extreme anxiety, and is also a victim of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperesthesia hyperesthesia]] (overly acute senses). His sister Madeline is also chronically ill, and subject to attacks of catalepsy. Eventually Madeline dies, and Roderick and the narrator bury her in the family crypt, but an oppressive fear still hangs over the Usher castle...

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An unnamed narrator arrives at the creepy, dank, dark, decaying old castle occupied by twins Roderick and Madeline Usher, after receiving a letter from Roderick asking for his help. He finds that the Ushers are not well. Roderick is feverish and has extreme anxiety, and is also a victim of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperesthesia hyperesthesia]] (overly acute senses). His sister Madeline is also chronically ill, and subject to attacks of catalepsy. Eventually Madeline dies, and Roderick and the narrator bury her in the family crypt, but an oppressive fear still hangs over the Usher castle...


"The Fall of the House of Usher" is one of Poe's best remembered stories. It has been adapted many times for film, including [[Film/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher1928USA a 1928 American silent short film]], a [[Film/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher1928France 1928 French feature film]], and a famous 1960 Creator/RogerCorman production starring Creator/VincentPrice. Bethany Griffin based her 2014 book, The Fall, off of this short story.


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"The Fall of the House of Usher" is one of Poe's best remembered stories. It has been adapted many times for film, including [[Film/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher1928USA a 1928 American silent short film]], a [[Film/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher1928France 1928 French feature film]], and a [[Film/HouseOfUsher famous 1960 production]] directed by Creator/RogerCorman production and starring Creator/VincentPrice. Bethany Griffin based her 2014 book, The Fall, off of this short story.



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[[caption-width-right:350:''[[And the deep and dank tarn closed silently over the fragments of the House of Usher.]]''

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[[caption-width-right:350:''[[And [[caption-width-right:350:''And the deep and dank tarn closed silently over the fragments of the House of Usher.]]''

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[[caption-width-right:350:''[[And the deep and dank tarn closed silently over the fragments of the House of Usher.]]''

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* IncestSubtext: Roderick and Madeline seem a little ''too'' close...


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* BrotherSisterIncest: The narrator states directly that the Usher family tree does not fork. Roderick's unnatural fixation on his sister and the unnatural closeness between them strongly hint at this. Some adaptations like the 2006 Gruselkabinett radio drama outright state that this is the case.

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* BrotherSisterIncest: The narrator states directly that the Usher family tree does not fork. Roderick's unnatural fixation on his sister and the unnatural closeness between them strongly hint at this. Some adaptations like the 2006 Gruselkabinett radio drama outright state that this is the case.



* InTheBlood: It's strongly implied that some inherent defect in the Usher blood, probably caused by their family tree not forking, is what has brought them to this.

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* InTheBlood: It's strongly implied that some inherent defect in the Usher blood, probably caused by their also causing the failure of other branches of the family tree not forking, to endure, is what has brought them to this.

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* PsychologicalTormentZone: The house of the Ushers.
* SanitySlippage


An unnamed narrator arrives at the creepy, dank, decaying old castle occupied by siblings Roderick and Madeline Usher, after receiving a letter from Roderick asking for his help. He finds that the Ushers are not well. Roderick is feverish and has extreme anxiety, and is also a victim of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperesthesia hyperesthesia]] (overly acute senses). His sister Madeline is also chronically ill, and subject to attacks of catalepsy. Eventually Madeline dies, and Roderick and the narrator bury her in the family crypt, but an oppressive fear still hangs over the Usher castle...

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An unnamed narrator arrives at the creepy, dank, decaying old castle occupied by siblings twins Roderick and Madeline Usher, after receiving a letter from Roderick asking for his help. He finds that the Ushers are not well. Roderick is feverish and has extreme anxiety, and is also a victim of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperesthesia hyperesthesia]] (overly acute senses). His sister Madeline is also chronically ill, and subject to attacks of catalepsy. Eventually Madeline dies, and Roderick and the narrator bury her in the family crypt, but an oppressive fear still hangs over the Usher castle...


* MeaningfulName: To "usher in" something means to welcome something new (like a new era) and move it forward. The Ushers are an old family of {{Impoverished Patrician}}s, with Roderick and Madeline representing the last vestiges of a dying aristocracy. When their ancestral mansion collapses, it's symbolic of the EndOfAnEra and the beginning of a new one.

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* MeaningfulName: To "usher in" something means to welcome something new (like a new era) and move it forward. The Ushers are an old family of {{Impoverished Patrician}}s, with Roderick and Madeline representing the last vestiges of a dying aristocracy. When their ancestral mansion collapses, it's symbolic of the EndOfAnEra EndOfAnAge and the beginning of a new one.

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