In The Fall of the House of Usher, are there some similar events in the story that can be found in Poe's life?  What are the influences that urged Edgar Allan Poe to write this story?

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Poe had experienced  and witnessed heart-wrenching slow deaths of his mother, his stepmother, Frances Allan, and his beloved wife. All of those deaths were of tuberculosis, or consumption as it was called in those days, and each death took each woman at a relatively young age. Poe is known  for being eccentric and emotionally damaged, with alcoholic and drug-addictive tendencies to appease the pain that he had experienced as a result of those deaths. It is also known that Poe was a "terminal Gothic", which means that he certainly felt that something "out there" may have been responsible for the demise of the people he loved so much.

In the The Fall of the House of Usher there seems to be a "presence" of evil that has covered the house, and loomed over the lives of the protagonists. The same thing seemed to be happening in Poe's life. Between the deaths, his weaknesses, and his inner demons, he too was becoming as abandoned and destroyed as the House of Usher, and in both cases there was no turning back.

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