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Connections with previous Usher-criticism

The whole text concentrates every one of its elements around the topic of the desire to be oneself. D. H. Lawrence already recognised that in Usher and Madeleine’s desire to “love, […] merge, […] be as one thing” (1969: 42), Caroline Gordon and Allen Tate added to this spiritual unity that of the house (1969: 29-30), and Leo Spitzer portrayed this desire towards individuation in the text as an organic one, in which “being must be explained by the environment just as the environment bears the imprint of being” (1969: 66).

works cited

Gordon, Caroline & Tate, Allen. “Viewpoints”. Twentieth-Century Interpretations of The Fall of the House of Usher. Ed. Woodson, Thomas. Englewood-Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1969: 27-30.

Lawrence, D. H. “Edgar Allan Poe”. Twentieth-Century Interpretations of The Fall of the House of Usher. Ed. Woodson, Thomas. Englewood-Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1969: 35-42.

Spitzer, Leo. “A Reinterpretation of ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’”. Twentieth-Century Interpretations of The Fall of the House of Usher. Ed. Woodson, Thomas. Englewood-Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1969: 56-70.

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