premature burials : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

I have a 2-3 page report due at the beginning of next week regarding premature burials in Edgar Allan Poe's writings specifically the Fall Of The House of Usher. I understand the answer given by (thank you I was trying to research why people in the early 19th century would have been buried alive) however my question is can premature burial be compared to madness itself, in other words a person that is insane is one who's body is still alive however his mind is somewhat buried within? Does this make sense? And what about the house crumbling I thought Roderick was still alive, would that be another premature burial? Please any thoughts would be appreciated.

-- Anonymous, September 28, 2000

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