Compare & Contrast The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

This Study Guide consists of approximately 40 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Fall of the House of Usher.
This section contains 182 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy The Fall of the House of Usher Study Guide

1830s: Common belief dictates that odors from water—such as the tarn outside the Usher house— could cause mental illness of the type suffered by Roderick Usher. Few, if any, effective treatments were available for mental illness

Today: Better understanding of the physiological causes of mental illness and a variety of medical therapies result in a vast improvement in the way the mentally ill are treated.

1830s: The deceased are commonly laid in-state at home for several days. Funeral homes are rare; families prepare and bury their loved ones themselves.

Today: Most people die in hospitals and wakes are most often held in churches or funeral homes.

1830s: Travel is difficult, slow, and sometimes dangerous. Railroads are in their infancy and most long distance travel is in horse-drawn wagons. It was not unusual for guests to stay several weeks or for an entire season when invited to...

(read more from the Compare & Contrast section)

This section contains 182 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy The Fall of the House of Usher Study Guide
Copyrights
Short Stories for Students
The Fall of the House of Usher from Short Stories for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.