Fear, terror and suspense are the most vivid emotions created byPoe's stories and by Hitchcock's films

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Fear, terror and suspense are the most vivid emotions created by

Poe's stories and by Hitchcock's films.  Several themes are common to both:

the madness that exists in the world, the paranoia caused by isolation

which guides people's actions, the conflict between appearance and reality

along with the double aspect of the human nature, and the power of the dead

over the living.  Not only the themes are similar in both men's work but

also the details through which a story is written or shown.  The similar

themes and narrative techniques can be seen clearly in "The Fall of the

House of Usher" and in Psycho.

        For both Poe and Hitchcock, madness exists in the world.  "The Fall

of the House of Usher" and Psycho are two very similar studies in madness.

Roderick Usher and Norman Bates are both insane.  They have many common

traits although they are also quite different.  They are victims of their

fears and their obsessions.  Norman who seems agreeable and shy is, in

reality, a homicidal maniac who has committed matricide.  He suffers from

schizophrenia — he acts as both himself and his dead mother.  Roderick

Usher appears strange from the beginning, almost ghost-like, with his

"cadaverousness of complexion" — however, he is not a murderer.  He suffers

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from a mental disorder which makes him obsessed with fear:  fear of the

past, of the house, of the dead.  He finally dies, "victim to the terrors

he had anticipated."

        The way in which madness is projected in both stories is quite

similar as well.  The short story and the movie both take place in a dark

and gloomy house, a "ghostly house" — "a mansion of doom," writes Poe.  In

both houses there is the presence of a mysterious woman.  For Poe, the

woman is Roderick Usher's sister Madeline who suffers from an undefined


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