Literary Analysis of Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" Essay
I must perish in this deplorable folly. Thus, thus, and not otherwise, shall I be lost. I dread the events of the future, not in themselves, but in their results. I shudder at the thought of any, even the most trivial, incident, which may operate upon this intolerable agitation of soul. I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect--in terror. In this unnerved--in this pitiable condition--I feel that the period will sooner or later arrive when I must abandon life and reason together, in some struggle with the grim phantasm, FEAR (20).
Roderick's state displays the connection between body and mind, and how their interdependence means their mutual decay. Eventually fear causes the destruction of Roderick's mind and soon follows the destruction of his physical body. He becomes "a victim to the terrors he had anticipated" (29) and he dies of fear. The narrator experienced fear as well throughout this story however, in the end he chooses a path different from Roderick's. He has spent his time allowing his fears to hold him captive, but when he sees Roderick fall victim to his fears, the narrator finally can see the destruction it is causing. It gives him the strength and the means by which to escape his fears, as he runs from the house. As he takes