Roderick & Madeline: Incest or Insanity?

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For me The Fall of the House of Usher is a challenge to the mind. It takes us into the supernatural and goes beyond, into madness in a way. I think that Poe’s intention is to create a fear deep in the soul. That is why he creates madness in the characters mind, signifying something that lies deep within. He uses a lot of cult like things, for example, the vortex and the “other religion” bible. This gives is sort of a dreamlike state and so I can imagine Poe writing it and getting lost, drifting, into what he is writing since it is such and absorbing story to the mind. When I read the critic on The Fall of the House of Usher it created a sense of confusion in me because I could not agree at all with what the critic wrote, then I calmed down and looked for my own explanation. The critic implies that Roderick and Madeline’s relationship was one of incest; the critic mentions that it is expressed in his agitation, songs, manners and “disease” among other things. I tried looking at it form this point of view but with no success. I find t Continue...

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I couldn't do it, and didn't push it. Maybe looking at it form the Freudian perspective, you could try to squeeze that out of the story. When Poe's mother died he was taken to her room to look at his mothers "sleeping body for the last time. When his mother died of tuberculosis, it was at an early stage of his life, and after the abandonment of his father. There was one important event in Poe's life that I think influence this story (also others). Even though it isn't completely obvious, it is stated from the beginning that Madeline means a lot to Roderick. oo little of her in the story to create so much from it. In one part it is mentioned that she passes by the narrator and Roderick and doesn't say anything, gives no sign of noticing their presence there. Exactly why this all happens between the two of them, I'd say Roderick was simply mad, or maybe both of them. I think Poe might be trying to create the ideal woman through Madeline since to Poe women should be quiet, the husbands determined their fate and he never really understood progressive women. The heritage of the Usher family and Roderick's state all rush down completely in the "union of Madeline and Roderick. He must remember that from somewhere. This must have left some kind of strong impression on his life, a strong reason why there are corpses in his stories and in some not dead, in Madeline's case, blushing, that horrible thing death does to a person. A face or a physical description of her is never given, so I can imagine her drifting by in her nightgown.