Symbolism and analysis of "The Fall of the House of Usher" Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe is undoubtedly one of American Literature's legendary and prolific writers, and it is normal to say that his works touched on many aspects of the human psyche and personality. While he was no psychologist, he wrote about things that could evoke the reasons behind every person's character, whether flawed or not. Some would say his works are of the horror genre, succeeding in frightening his audience into trying to finish reading the book in one sitting, but making them think beyond the story and analyze it through imagery. The "Fall of the House of Usher" is one such tale that uses such frightening imagery that one can only sigh in relief that it is just a work of fiction. However, based on the biography of Poe, events …show more content…

Probably it was what pervaded Poe's mind when he was caring for his wife, who was sick of tuberculosis. "In the 1800s, tuberculosis was a death sentence for most people, because the drugs that could wipe out the infection were not yet developed then" (Patterson 1996). Being young, talented, and able to create masterpieces were the things going for Edgar Allan then, but the circumstances during those days did not encourage him much, although he was creating works continuously. Perhaps if he were a contemporary of J. Rowling, Harry Potter would have had a nemesis even more frightening than Voldemort.

Some of Edgar Allan Poe's critics and analysts have striven to show that the "House of Usher" was more about the tenuous line between fantasy and reality, and in crossing over to any one side makes one teeter on the brink of madness (Patterson 1996). Circumstances that surround one's life would greatly impact the state of his mental well-being, although nature has allowed a human person to cope with different kinds of stress and come out intact, without having to "crack" under pressure. However, with the circumstances that besieged Poe, it was a form of "mental illness" that Poe was driven to alcoholism because he could not bear to watch his wife's suffering; alcoholism today is now considered a disease. The writers in Poe's selected writings, say the description of Roderick Usher was just painting a picture of Edgar Allan Poe himself

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