Essay about The Fall Of The House Of Usher By Edgar Allan Poe

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“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” – Edgar Allan Poe. In a way this same quote reflects what the short story The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe is about, which is psychological inanes because of the madness, “I felt creeping upon me, by slow yet certain degrees, the wild influences of his own fantastic yet impressive superstitions.” (Poe, “The Fall of the House of Usher” pg. 663), Isolation, “Although, as boys, we had been even intimate associates, yet I really knew little of my friend. His reserve had been always excessive and habitual.” (Poe, “The Fall of the House of Usher” pg. 655), and Fear, “An air of stern, deep, and irredeemable gloom hung over and pervaded all” (Poe, “The Fall of the House of Usher” pg. 656).
Edgar Allan Poe describes many of his characters as opium users to convey and bring unrealistic and unearthly scenes or characters to life. And although many of his stories are influenced by his own life experiences he seems to follow some of John Locke’s ideas; ideas of Empiricism and Transcendence. Both meaning that reality and truth existed through spiritual means.
An example of this short story is about psychological insanity would be the expression of madness. In the story the character Roderick Usher shows madness when he states, “It was, he said, a constitutional and a family evil, and one for which he despaired to find a remedy–a mere nervous affection, he immediately added, which would undoubtedly soon pass off.”…

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