Comparing Poe and the Fall of the House of Usher

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Comparing Poe and the Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allen Poe has been recognized as one of the greatest American writers for many years. His dark and eerie tales are like no others. Many say that his darkness comes from his own life and the tragedies he had gone through. However, recent claims say that Poe’s ideas were created in a mind that suffered from a mental illness, Paranoid Schizophrenia. This claim is clearly evident when looking at his short story: The Fall of the House of Usher. Roderick Usher, the main character, suffers from a mental illness himself which closely resembles some of the symptoms of a schizophrenic. Could Poe be trying to send a message about himself in the form of a character, Roderick Usher, or maybe he is trying to show how a paranoid schizophrenic mind works? If he did suffer from a mental illness like paranoid schizophrenia, this story can be looked at from an entirely new perspective. The fall of the House of Usher is about a man, Roderick Usher, who lives with his sister in an old family mansion. Both the brother and sister are both withering away as time passes. Roderick feels the need to talk to his old childhood friend, Poe (who is also the narrator), before he passes. Roderick wrote to the narrator of “a mental disorder which oppressed him” (Poe 150). This gives a first impression of the schizophrenia which was mentioned. Poe tells in great detail how the house looks, feels, and sounds upon his arrival. Further on Poe is describing the house but then stops and looks at it from a different perspective and then begins to describe it from that viewpoint. Roderick sister, Madeline, also suffers from a mental illness which is described in the story as apathy, wasting away, and transient affections of a partially cataleptical character (153). Today these symptoms may pertain to a person suffering from Paranoid

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