Examples Of Schizophrenia In The House Of Usher

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Faculty of Arts and Humanities Department of European Languages and Literature Rana Al-Ghalib 1700871 Short Story LANE – 615 Final Paper Schizophrenia and Poe Outline Abstract Schizophrenia Schizophrenia in The Life and Work of Poe Schizophrenia Represented in The Fall of The House of Usher Conclusion Abstract Edgar Alan Poe is one of the major contributors to the literary canon. He was allegedly suffering from a mental disorder. His own psyche was said to be an inspiration for many of his works. This paper will explore the connection of schizophrenia with Poe’s The Fall of The House of Usher (1839). This paper suggests that the characters of the twins Roderick Usher and Madeline Usher are not two characters, but in fact are one character …show more content…

His life has the same effect on people as his fiction. One can never be too sure of the accuracy of events, nor the reasons behind them. Poe died at the young age of forty. His death is one of the biggest puzzles in American history. Some critics claim he was drunk, others say he was drugged, and now a new wave say he was trying to commit suicide. This last theory is based on the fact that on November 5, 1848, he tried his hand in committing suicide with an overdose of Laudanum; an opium substitute. Poe is not a stranger to substance abuse and is more often found in gambling debts. He was an introverted character that seemed to have close to a few friends. This explains why only seven people were at his …show more content…

In the letter Roderick asks him to come and see him in his house; for he is not feeling well. The narrator recalls childhood memories that remind him of the good times they shared together. He decides to accept the invitation and heads to the Usher house. The narrator then comments on the haunted like atmosphere, surroundings, and the house itself. He perceives that Roderick has changed. He does not appear as he used to; mentally and physically. He then realizes that Roderick has a twin sister named Madeline who has fallen ill. Roderick confesses that this illness is hereditary in the Usher family and that there is no cure. As days pass, Roderick’s sanity is questionable; he hears voices, hallucinates, and buries his sister alive. Madeline then escapes from the tomb and collides with Roderick only to fall and both die. The narrator flees the house in a frantic panic and looks back to see the house of Usher fall to the

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