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

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Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Fall of the House of Usher” features Roderick and Madeline Usher. In the story the Usher twins seem to have completely opposite illnesses. Roderick suffers from hypersensitivity and Madeline suffers from hyposensitivity. Madeline becomes paralyzed so Roderick believes that she is dead. Roderick buries her underneath the house and invites his old childhood friend, the narrator, to come over. Turns out Madeline was never dead, she digs out of the tomb and collapses on Roderick. They both die and the entire Usher mansion collapses with the death of the last of the Usher family. With further evaluation of the Usher twins, the short story shows you that the twins are in fact not twins but one person with two separate personalities. He is suffering, not from hypersensitivity, but from schizophrenia. In the short story “Usher” Poe writes that Roderick “suffered much from a morbid acuteness of the senses” (203) and Madeline was a “partially cataleptical character” (205). Roderick had an increased sensitivity while Madeline has a decreased sensitivity. Although the story presents Roderick and Madeline as two separate people, being that Roderick and Madeline are completely opposite makes the reader believe that the so-called twins are

actually one person. What Roderick can do, Madeline cannot. Roderick has to eat bland food and wear clothes with very little…

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