Break of Reality (Psychosis)
In The Fall of
The House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe, presents the short story of two men,
Roderick Usher and the narrator. In the story, both men appear to experience
drifting apart from the human consciousness. Usher seems to be struggling with
psychotic depression, while the narrator is trying to figure out what is
happening, as he was the sole reliable voice to understand the mind of Usher. The various aberration of Usher also
tends to come to life as the narrator can also see them, apparitions are also
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In the solidarity of Roderick Usher, he summons a childhood friend in to
be near him in what he believes to be his final hours of his life.
The narrator in his observance states the following,
“One of the phantasmagoric conceptions of my friend, partaking not so rigidly
of the spirit of abstraction, may be shadowed forth, although feebly, in words”
(Poe, par.5) Through this, it is evident the narrator was aware of the initial
psychotic depression of Usher. Usher’s state seems to correlate with the major
symptoms of psychotic depression, which include: not being oneself in cognitive
and behavioral manners—which is at times caused by different interpretations of
intrusions of daily task and associated with distress and the disability to
maintain reality from fiction.
However, the active participation of the so-called
hallucinations of Usher and the narrator make it less plausible of an argument
to say Usher suffered from psychotic depression. The best explanation can be of
“being qua being” a philosophical concept that nonexistent things do exist.
Aristotle tries to explain the causation and
explanation of certain things we see yet do not comprehend. He states that all
things which have come to be known have an explanation to a cause from which
A big example of this is the collapse of the house and
sudden apparition of Usher’s sister. The house, the narrator explained, was
sturdy but with one crack—the foundations of homes are what make houses fall.
The sudden apparition of Madeline Usher, from what seemed to be her grave, does
not make sense, as it is not possible for a human to survive more than a week
without air or water. The sudden appearance and reality of these apparitions
make the case that both, the house and Madeline, do exist just not in the human
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The eventual progress of the narrator falling with the
psychotic tendencies of Usher make a great argument but mental disorders do not
spread like viruses. The claim of metaphysics tends to be much greater in favor
for both the narrator and Usher, since these so-called hallucinations are
tangible within the story of Poe.