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After review of both Poes short-story The Fall of the House of Usher and the video production of its similar screenplay it wouldnt take a genius to determine the obvious differences In fact it certainly doesnt take a genius to make a difference comparison as I have made the following observations First Poes text mentions nothing of at least one screen-made character nor the addition of several bar room friends Secondly Rodderick Usher who is portrayed by Poe to be absolutely mad is explicitly described in the movie script to be absolutely sane Finally the greatest creative licensing the movie producers may have taken in directing the traditional Poe work is the completely opposite twist involving the death and return of Madeline Usher Poes story begins with a very descriptive bone-chilling account of the Usher House in the eyes of the narrator who in the story is not given a name but in the movie is who has been called to the family home of his boyhood friend Rodderick Usher In Poes story there is no mention of the narrators newlywed wife who is also named and brought to life in the movie production Perhaps Poes morbid tale wasnt quite scary enough without a sane young lady to torment Nevertheless I do personally credit the movie writers with this addition In the matter of Rodderick Usher however I cant give as much praise to the 1980s chains-rattling-for-sound-effects work To Master Ushers sanity it would have again in my opinion been better to leave him under the conviction of certain superstition and madness as written by Poe The movie even beyond the characters verbal discussions in his defense portrays Usher as well-within all possibilities of a sound mind The greatest difference that more than bothers me in this text-to-screen product is the death and return of Madeline Usher In the text the remaining Lady Usher succumbs to what is implied to be a coma or
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