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Edgar Allan Poe

The Fall of the House of Usher

Fiction | Short Story | Adult | Published in 1839

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Essay Topics


In your opinion, why did Poe choose not to give the narrator a name? Would naming the narrator change the story in any way?


Poe does not specify the House of Usher’s location. Is it important that the reader know this detail? Why or why not?


Poe’s long, intricate sentences mirror his characters’ emotional states. Find and analyze three sentences that show the relationship between syntax, rhythm, word choice, and emotion.