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The Fall of the House of Usher In Edgar Allen Poes classic short story The Fall of the House of Usher the characters of Roderick Usher and his twin sister Madeline are on the brink of dissolution where Madeline is presumed dead hand has been buried while Usher himself wastes away from a disease which heightens his senses to a painful state The composition between Madeline entombed in the earth and Usher elevating himself to an almost celestial nature creates a situation in which the divine and the earthly meet and bring about the fall of the family of Usher The dual nature of these two twins serves to present the conflict of the work where one source writes that Roderick himself is associated with the abstract a temporal and ideal Rodericks world is one of abstract pattern in black white and grayHe himself is a man of ideality as the narrator remarks and as shown in phrenological terms by the expanse of his temples that is in the nineteenth-century contrast of ideal and real Roderick is a person who seeks or perceives the truth beyond merely mundane phenomena and that As Roderick is aligned with the ideal his twin Madeline is associated with the material and temporalin other words the real Voloshin 21 23 The conflict of this setting is therefore expressed within these two characters but is also expressed within Usher himself where he is aware that Madeline has been entombed alive but does not bring himself to do anything about it Ironically he is working to create the conditions through which they will both perish which will end the line of the Ushers and therefore ushering in his own dissolution Conflict is therefore resolved when the house collapses for while Madeline and Roderick might wander as sad ghosts the house and their family line is concluded quite permanently Symbolically the use of color also serves
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