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In absence from the real world the human imagination can produce a distorted perception of reality In Edgar Allen Poes The Fall of the House of Usher the characters within the story believed that the reality that they created around them was so real that they fell victim to it Before his visit to the House of Usher the narrator gave a good impression that he was rational thinking clearly and knew what was going on around him There was no evident sign of delusional thinking However as soon as he escaped from the real world around him and went to visit Usher his perception of reality slowly started to change The House of Usher represented something that is not within the real world The narrator imagined that the House was not within the present reality which he lived in but a completely separate reality that somehow existed outside the real world Being that he had nothing left of the real world during his stay at the House of Usher the narrators senses began to fail him because they were useless to him and he began relying on his imagination Imagination was the only thing that was left for him to serve as a link to reality however it was a weak link After some time at the House of Usher the narrator began to perceive reality d ifferently His view was warped by his unrestrained imagination For unknown reasons to the narrator he experienced intense feelings of fear and dread during his stay at the House of Usher These feelings increased steadily throughout the duration of his stay Being that his imagination was the only real link that he had to reality he started to believe in things that werent extant on a subconscious level because of these beliefs his ability to perceive what was real and what wasnt was slowly slipping away from him When a person loses touch
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