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Reading The Fall of the House of Usher one may readily see the similarities of character between Roderick Usher the main character in the story and of Edgar Allan Poe the author To an anomalous species of terror I found him a bounden slave I shall perish said he I must perish in this deplorable folly Thus shall I be lost I shudder at the thought of any even the most trivial incident this intolerble agitation of soul In this unnerved--in this pitiable condition I feel that I must inevitable abandon life and reason together in some struggle with the grim phantasm FEAR Poe 704 If one would attempt to examine the character of Roderick Usher alon with that of Edgar Allan Poe one owuld see the above description of Usher is so much like Griswolds similar description below of Poes individual makeup He was at all times a dreamer in heaven or hell--peopled with the creatures and the accidents of his brain He walked the streets in madness or melancholy with lips moving in indistinct curses eyesupturned in passionate prayer never for himself for he felt that he was already damned Griswold 141 Poe was a multifaceted individual Having gone through a tragic childhood he never seemed to grasp onto reality or to his identity With the abandonment by his father the death of his mother and the placement into a home where he was never legally adopted Poes inadequacies emerged With this shakey foundation the future writers outlook on life was bleak and dreary Bloom 141 Harold Bloom states that Poes genius was for negative and opposition 11 Vincent Buranelli describes him also Edgar Allan Poe is the most complex personality in the gallery of American authors No one else stands at the center of a mystery so profound 19 The style of writing that Poe so often presents is indcative
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