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Regarded as his most famous piece of fiction The Fall of the House of Usher inspires the usual horror found in most works by Poe Every aspect expected from a Poe piece is found within this story There is the first person narrative the division of personality and Gothic style which all characterize classic Poe Although some critics feel that the tale is difficult to read and an overdone and vulgar fantasy most recognize it as the masterpiece it is From the gloomy beginning to the shocking conclusion The Fall of the House of Usher implements every attribute needed to create a model narration As in most Poe stories the unnamed narrator experiences a horrific sight This harrowing incident is the realization by himself and Roderick Usher that they have in fact buried Madeline Usher alive The thought of this atrocity causes the narrator to flee from the house indefinitely He does not know at the time that the house will subsequently cave in after his departure Almost every tale written by Poe is written in this fashion Although most stories employ no real plot or characterization the final terrible experience is typical This is due to occurrences in Poes own life involving the illness of his child-bride Virginia Her untimely death stirred an interest in the supernatural that pervaded his writing from that point on Therefore all first person narrators in Poes work encounter death in some mysterious and grave manner that helps Poe to cope with his personal issues There is a division of personality found in The Fall of the House of Usher which also presents itself in William Wilson In the tale being discussed Roderick and Madeline Usher are twins whose health is slowly diminishing While Madeline seems to have accepted her fate it looks as if Roderick does not quite understand his recent transformation It is almost as if all the worry and frustration felt by both is channeled
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