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The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe The mind is a complicated thing Not many stories are able to portray this in such an interesting manner as in Edgar Allan Poes The Fall of the House of Usher The haunting story of a man and his sister living in the old family mansion But as all should know much symbolism can be found in most of Poes works The Fall of the House of Usher is no exception First of all we have the symbolisme of Roderick Ushers mind and the House of Usher coinciding Both can be seem as one and the same Residing in the house are both Roderick and his sister Madeline What can be translated from this is the age old hypothesis the mind is divided in two parts a male or rational part and a female or emotionnal part In Ushers mind we can see that he has problems expressing his emotions represented as Madelines unknown sickness When she finally dies Roderick puts her away in an old dungeon till she is to be buried One could say that Usher is trying to forget about his emotions by throwing that part of his mind into the basement or subconcious He knows that if he can survive a fortnight without this emotional part in him hell be able to live without it for the rest of his days Another symbol is the one of the fortnight A fortnight is 14 days or half a moon cycle The full moon can be seen as another symbol for the unconcious mind or even the dark side in us all Whereas a new moon represents the concious or good side in us all Madeline was locked away just at the beginning of the full moons half cycle In other words Roderick knew that this was the worst time for his sister
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