The Fall of the House of Usher : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

Why doesn't Roderick rescue his sister?(The Fall of the Hosuse of Usher)I want to know your ideas about it.

-- Anonymous, December 06, 2003


Sorry, I have made a mistake. I asked the same question twice.

-- Anonymous, December 06, 2003

Ask yourself this: who placed her in the coffin in the first place?

-- Anonymous, May 11, 2004

There are a couple of things that are important in respect to Roderick. First, he said at one point that he had been hearing his sister's death-sounds for quite a while...perhaps even before she was entombed. It's pretty obvious he was insane. Also, after they began to hear the sounds of his sister escaping, he said she was coming to upbraid him for his haste. He was afraid. Since he wasn't all there anyway, perhaps this fear is what kept him from setting her free.

-- Anonymous, June 15, 2004

Look at it this way. Schizophrenia plays a large role in the story. Roderick is the male side of the personality, while his sister is the female half. Roderick tries to supress his female side and in turn loses a part of himself. In the end when the two come together and fall to the ground dead, it is a joining of the two halves of their personality.

-- Anonymous, September 26, 2004

Moderation questions? read the FAQ