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PLEASE GIVE ME ALL THE INFORMATION YOU CAN ABOUT THE IMAGERY IN EDGAR ALLEN POE'S "FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER". THANKS
-- Anonymous, November 14, 2000
The imagery painted by Poe, through the narrator, is one of utter decay and ruin. Poe's verbal sketch of the estate imparts a sense of gloom, foreboding and metaphysical evil that prevades the mansion as well as is surrounding grounds. He uses terms like its "bleak walls", "vacant eye-like windows", "rank sedges" and "white trunks of decayed trees" to convey a sense of impending death and slow disintegration. This vivid picture of gloom and aversion on the part of the narrator, sets the mood for the tale and follows Poe's formula for story-telling in that every element of the story must contribute to a single effect. Actually, your answer can be found in the first paragraph of the story.
-- Anonymous, November 15, 2000