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A view of madness Edgar Allan Poe is known to be among the greatest writers of all-time in horror literature One of his most popular story is the twisted The Fall of the House of Usher Roderick and his twin sister Madeline are the last of all-time honoured House of Usher They are both suffering from a strange illness that seemed to be spread in the family Being ill himself and depressed by his sisters deteriorating condition Roderick seeks help from his childhood companion which appears to be the narrator in the story That companion is about to be drawn into the mind of a madman where fantasy becomes reality The fact that the story is told in the first person by that narrator has some important effects on the reader and on the story itself In this story the narrator is a character of whom we know very little who acts like a participant or an observer As the story goes on it is very easy for the reader to become the narrator In other words it is easy to become the friend of Roderick The friend have not seen Roderick for many years but agreed to his companions request and made his journey to the house At this point the narrator doesnt know what to expect or what could have become of his old pal For the reader its quite the same thing we dont know what kind of man is Roderick Usher We sat down and for some moments while he spoke not I gazed upon him with a feeling half of pity half of awe Surely man had never before so terribly altered in so brief a period as had Roderick Usher It was with difficulty that I could bring myself to admit the identity of the man being before me with the companion of my early boyhood Both the narrator and the reader discover a new character
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