Symbolism In The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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Many quiver at the name Edgar Allen Poe. They tremble not at the man, but at his cryptic and symbolic gothic writing style. In The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe, a narrator stumbles upon a mansion to find two diseased twins inside, one deprived of his body, and the other her own mind. Madeline soon “dies” only to resurrect and murder her brother, the only living male bloodline. The narrator then flees disturbed by what he has seen in awe. Through analysis, one can easily see that Roderick represents the mind or the intellect, while the Madeline is a representation of the body in the mind and body relationship they share as complements of one another. Roderick and Madeline represent the brain and the body through the omission…show more content…
Madeleine's ghost-like wandering is shown when the narrator observes that “Madeline (for so was she called) passed slowly through a remote portion of the apartment, and, without having noticed my presence, disappeared” (Poe). Since she does not have a mind, only a body, she is in a state of obliviousness to everything. Rather than living she just exists as an entity, a body. Roderick’s intense thoughts that correspond with the novel he reads almost seem to conjure Madeline, however, “ It is Madeline who has wrought her own liberation”(Spitzer 356). Madeline is one who take actions and her actions are greatly dramatized throughout the novel. She appears to have risen from the dead of her own strength. She was able to somehow escape her final resting chambers because of her immense strength as her role of the body in the mind and body relationship. Roderick’s behavior is similar to that of a savant where the thoughts they have are clear to them and cannot be articulated into words that one can understand. He is the thinker, the imaginer, and mysterious one. He inverts his expressions towards himself while Madeline is very explosive in the ending scenes when Madeline, “fell heavily inward upon the person of her brother, and in her violent and now final death-agonies, bore him to the floor a

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