Theme Of Madness In The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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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 …show more content…
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.” (Poe, “The Fall of the House of Usher” pg. 657) When Roderick states this he is talking about his malady or illness but doesn’t give many details about it until the end of the story and describes it as a family evil meaning it’s been in its family’s lineage, he also says that it would undoubtedly pass off giving some type of meaning and a sense of foreshadow to what would eventually …show more content…
Isolation played a big role in this short-story to tie it all together, from having the family so isolated from the rest of the world they themselves had created some sort of supernatural barrier and excluded themselves from the rest of society. Isolation can make a person paranoid and make him/her start experiencing unnatural thing, as stated by Carly Frintner, “It is difficult if not impossible to pinpoint the exact reasons why social isolation and sensory deprivation is solitary confinement situations causes mental and emotional breakdown in prisoners.” (Frintner, “Lonely Madness: The Effects of Solitary Confinement and Social Isolation on Mental and Emotional Health”) By this Frintner refers to prisoners in solitary confinements but it actually applies to anyone that experiences loneliness. Loneliness can make you do crazy things like inducing paranoia, doing things the mind can’t control, create fears and changing emotions. In the short story “The Fall of the House of Usher” Roderick and his sister Madeline are so isolated from people, they begin to start feeling sick and Roderick starts going mad trying to find a

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