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The Gothic short stories of Edgar Allan Poe are characterized by an unexpected usually twisted occurrence at the end In the middle of The Fall of the House of Usher for example the narrator helps a school friend Roderick Usher entomb his twin sister Madeleine in a vault in the family home At the end however not only does the supposedly dead Madeleine come back to life her reappearance seems to bring about both the death of her brother and the literal collapse of the family home What exactly the narrator sees in the form of Madeleine however is not clear He may see a hallucination a ghost or a real person The narrator may of shared a join hallucination with Usher The fact that both were going insane and shared a strong bond of friendship makes this possible The narrator spent a long time trying to cheer up Usher and his insanity might of affected him We painted and read together or I listened as if in a dream to the wild improvisations of his speaking guitar Having such close contact with a mad man could of thrown the narrator over the edge It isnt likely that the house suddenly just collapsed at the end of the story perhaps it was all just in the mans head my brain reeled as I saw the might walls rushing asunder A reeling brain could of been the cause of the apparent collapse of the House of Usher It is more possible that the narrator saw a ghost or some form of reincarnation of Madeleines spirit After all Madeleine was locked in the vault for at least seven days without food or water It is hard to believe that she survived such a long period of time and even if she was still alive at that point it is hard to believe she could manage to open the door by herself in such a weakened state Because
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