The Fall Of The House Of Usher By Edgar Allen Poe

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Time Doesn’t Change Everything The United States have been around for a few hundred years and has greatly developed since independence was declared. There are currently phones the size of hands that do what an entire computer system couldn 't do 30 years ago. On the other hand, before that July 4 in 1776 the American lands were dominated by many Native American tribes whose pueblos were created out of adobe. Though there are seldom relationships between the times of America, there is one indisputable link that stands out between the generations: the way stories are told. They start with the beginning, and finish with the end. In between the beginning and end of every story is something different, but no matter what is written, there is a constant, …show more content…
Miller achieves this goal using his character Willy Loman to explain his own loss of sanity, “‘No, it’s me, it’s me. Suddenly I realize I’m goin’ sixty miles an hour and I don’t remember the last five minutes. I’m ― I can’t seem to ― keep my mind to it,’” (5). As the play progresses, the audience learns that Willy had tried commit suicide from a conversation between Linda Loman (Willy’s wife) and Biff Loman (Willy’s son), “...[Willy] came to that little bridge, and then deliberately smashed into the railing, and it was only the shallowness of the water that saved him.’ ‘Oh, no, he probably just fell asleep again.’ ‘I don’t think he fell asleep,’” (41). In this moment, Linda begins to hint to Biff that she believes Willy is having mental issues and Biff decides he will try to stay and help. As the conversation continues, Linda shows that it has becomes evident that Willy has attempted to take his life multiple times and seriously needs Biff’s help, “‘And behind the fuse box...was a length of rubber pipe… There’s a little attachment on the end of it. I knew right away. And sure enough, on the bottom of the water heater there’s a new little nipple on the gas pipe,’” (42). Willy had been attempting to commit suicide from inhaling the poisonous gases the water heater produces. Although he was not successful at taking his own life in these two instances, he did ultimately succeed by crashing his car, taking his life. Willy Loman’s lack of sanity had ultimately lead to his deadly car crash, allowing Miller to successfully display one of the American literature’s recurring themes in his

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