Old Friends Essay

770 words - 4 pages

Edgar Allen Poe’s story “The Fall of the House of Usher” and Alfred Hitchcock’s movie Vertigo is very similar in a couple of ways. One way is that they both have friends that help with a murder. Second, both stories have death, mystery, and trickery involved in them.
In the movie Vertigo John “Scottie” Ferguson gets a phone call by Gavin Elster, who is an old friend, to help him with a job. In the story “The Fall of the House of Usher” Rodrick Usher calls for his old friend to help him with a job also. In Vertigo Elster wants Scottie to follow his wife as if she was “possessed” by someone or something. In “The Fall of the House of Usher” Rodrick Usher calls the unnamed friend to help carry his sisters “dead” body to the cellar in her coffin.
Both of these have death involved. Vertigo has Elster’s wife Madeline “falling” off the tower and “The Fall of the House of Usher” has Madeline, Rodrick’s sister, dying of illness. In the stories both Madeline Usher and Madeline Elster are both dead but in very mysterious ways.
In Vertigo Madeline Elster is murdered by her husband Gavin. In my opinion I think Gavin murdered her so he can “get out of dodge” or leave the city and start over with no job and no worries. Gavin had a master mysterious plan to cover up the murder. He calls up Scottie to follow his “wife”, which was just a person he found who looked like her, because he thinks she is possessed by Carlotta Valdes. Gavin tells Scottie Carlotta is Madeline’s great-grandmother so you would think she really is possessed. Gavin has Judy, which the woman is acting as Madeline to attempt suicide so that Scottie will save her, so he becomes attached to her. Scottie becomes to fall in love with Madeline (Judy) and tries to help her with her problem. He takes her to this sanctuary and she runs up the tower to attempt her suicide. While she runs upstairs Scottie chases her but, he has acrophobia which is the fear of heights and he also gets vertigo which is when things around you start to spin and false movements, so he stops and by the...

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