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Fear terror and suspense are the most vivid emotions created by Edgar Allan Poes stories and by Alfred Hitchcocks films Besides those vivid emotions there are several themes common to both writers the madness that exists in the world the double aspect of human nature and the power of the dead over the living The similar themes and narrative techniques can be seen clearly in The Fall of the House of Usher as well as in Psycho Not only are the themes similar in both mens work but also the details through which each story is written and shown For both Poe and Hitchcock madness exists in the world The Fall of the House of Usher and Psycho are two very similar studies in madness For instance Roderick Usher from The Fall of the House of User and Norman Bates from Psycho are both insane They have many common traits yet they are also quite different both men being the victims of their fears and obsessions In other words Norman who seems agreeable and shy is really a homicidal maniac who has committed matricide and who also suffers from schizophrenia acting as both himself and his dead mother However Roderick Usher appears strange from the beginning almost ghost-like with his cadaverousness of complexion but he is not a murderer In fact he suffers from a mental disorder which makes him obsessed with fear fear of the past fear of the house and fear of the dead Furthermore the short story and the movie both take place in a dark gloomy house and in both houses there is the presence of a mysterious woman For Poe the woman is Roderick Ushers sister Madeline who suffers from an undefined illness seems to die twice and appears as Rodericks double For Hitchcock it is his mother who is at first seen as a murderer and a tyrant but who turns out to have been dead for years and
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