The narrator’s perceptions and thoughts are affected by behaviours in such a way that slowly drags them into an inescapable psychosis. Volatile emotions have a severe affect on their fragile sanity. Emotional responses range from euphoria to melancholy and undoubtedly lead to a collapse of their known reality. Edgar Allen Poe’s publication of “The Tell-Tale Heart” is one of many exemplary horror pieces that incorporate the theme of the Narrator losing their perception of reality, effectively becoming psychotic. In this piece, the narrator resides with an older gentleman who is the root cause of the narrator’s psychopathic outburst.
He approached the house wearily, noting with growing horror its advanced, albeit subtle, state of decay; however the labyrinth of phantasm that composed its interior belied the crumbling edifice... Poe's gothic tale has inspired generations of readers with his unique style of rich detail and sheer horror. In, “The Fall of the House of Usher” one finds the house mysteriously connected with its inhabitants. As they slowly fall into a state of decay, both mental and physical, so also does its structure weaken, eventually collapsing into the tarn in which it was standing, as its tenants fall prey to the strain of body and mind. Without them, the house cannot stand. In the beginning of the story, Poe describes the bleak condition of the house, surrounded by twisted trees and sitting in a dark tarn.
Once Poe had lost his wife Virginia to illnesses, his poems were noticeably growing darker and more gruesome, and her death “haunted Poe until the end of his life” (Erica). These are only a few hardships Poe faced throughout his life, and each one led him to become a more dramatic and disturbing person. Every suffering he faced was used as a prompt for his writings, and throughout his work he places his hurt and depression into each piece based off his own life. His famous poems are the results of his insanity based off his unfortunate life. Even though Poe lived a challenging and stressful life, his poems ... ... middle of paper ... ...clude the creepy setting of the story, the gruesome details, and the tragic death of a seemingly innocent man.
It is probable that the crumbling house could have brought around any level of anxiety or fear. However, the tarn could be directly linked to the fear, as Poe described the mystical vapors as sluggish and leaden-hued (4th paragraph, bottom). Perhaps the fumes acted to kickstart their fears, leading them slowly but surely down the crumbling path of the story. I do not believe that this is the case, and that the incestual habits of the family have forever cursed the children with both mental and physical illnesses. Through the entire short story that is “The Fall of the House of Usher”, the narrator spent much of the time at the beginning of the story describing the ominous appearance of the Usher family home, it turned out to be strong symbolism for the ways that Roderick and Madeline lived, and how it paralleled with their crumbling bloodline.
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In the narrator’s mind he sees the eye as being separate from the old man whom he loves; although in order to rid himself of the eye, the old man must die. The eye of the old man seems to have triggered the narrator’s madness. Poe uses the symbol of an eye once again in “The Fall of the House of Usher,” to signify another one of his character's insanities. When the narrator gets to the house of Usher he describes it as a “Mansion of gloom” with “Vacant eye-like windows”(1). The gloom and disrepair of the outside is a clear ... ... middle of paper ... ...es the repetition of mental illness throughout many of his stories, leaving readers with more questions than answers.
Poe was depressed when he wrote “The Cask of Amontillado.” The Complete Idiot's Guide to Psychology lists “thoughts of death, loss of interest in things [one] used to enjoy, and feeling down in the dumps” as symptoms of depression (Johnston 339). Poe fell into every category (Hutchisson 10, 18, 26, 188). In fact, his depression reached extremely far back into his youth. Even in early years he was noted for being “miserable, surly & ill-tempered” (Hut... ... middle of paper ... ...." Scientific American Presents (n.d.): 44-49. Literary Reference Center.
The deeds of his uncle and his mot... ... middle of paper ... ...rruption of Hamlet can be attributed to the ghost of Hamlet's father, the actions of his mother and uncle and the many deaths that occur in this play. Hamlet is a sensitive man who could not take all trauma of all the events that happened in his life. His corruption was the only way for him to escape the tribulations he faced. Works Cited Knight, G. Wilson. The Wheel of Fire.