Although the wilbur reading suggests roderick as the

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Although the Wilbur reading suggests Roderick as the figment, this can be viewed metaphorically as the narrator being a figure of Roderick’s attempt to connect or revert back to his childhood state when his soul possessed imagination free from earthly oppressions. When they are together, they speak of his abstract artwork and play improvisations on instruments- all free-flowing activities of imagination. However, the entrance of the sister into the story, and her death causes much anxiety for Roderick. The revelation that they are twins, provides further connection to Poe’s previously stated theory in regards to the state that arises in adulthood as creating a divided self. The twins can be interpreted as the physical representation of the split person, Roderick representing the side of the imaginative soul that wishes to be set free, and Madeleine as having a “disease which had thus entombed the lady in the maturity of youth”- the disease of the material world. Roderick has much anxiety over her dying- as man has the war of competing desire and hatred over the part of him that wants the external objects that distract the soul. When Madeleine comes back from the dead, it shows Roderick that as a human his soul can never be free from these haunting desires, and his only means of achieving shedding of this is his own destruction, and thus the figurative destruction and fall of the house of Usher.
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