The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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“The Fall of the House of Usher” has been noted as one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous short stories. The story begins when the narrator arrives at the house of his friend, Roderick Usher. Roderick is ill and has been living his life deeply reclusive. His sister Madeline suffers from a sensory disorder and is considered to be dead. The narrator attempts to comfort Roderick and alleviate his melancholy by reading a story that appears to foreshadow later events. In this story, Poe provides his audience with classic themes such as fear, madness, and most important, identity. Through psychoanalytical criticism the reader can explore and gather a deeper understanding of the literary work. A comprehensive analysis of psychoanalytical criticism and the characters mental state in “The Fall of the House of Usher” will provide an in-depth interpretation of the characters and of the work. One of the first observations that is made about the narrator is the fact that he is does not have a name. The lack of a name implies that the narrator is an outsider from the Usher family whose main purpose is to narrate the story and to serve as a guide through the Usher house. Throughout “The Fall of the House of Usher,” the narrator demonstrates a sense of pre-occupation. At times, he seems to have trouble classifying reality from hallucination and is possibly under the influence of drugs. The narrator compares his “depression of soul” to the “after-dream of the reveler upon Opium” (Poe 654). He

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