The unfortunate twin sister of Roderick Usher, she is infected with the same inherited disease that seems to come from the House of Usher itself. As Roderick becomes more and more manic and depressed, Madeleine feels the physical effects and becomes bed-ridden, as if the siblings share the same spirit somehow. Madeleine, by the end, is a paranormal figure, stuck somewhere between death and life, and fittingly, her final collapse into death, causes her brother’s death too, and that of their family line.
The timeline below shows where the character Madeleine Usher appears in Poe's Stories. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Fall of the House of Usher
...can be attributed to a more comprehensible cause, the long term illness of his beloved sister, his only remaining relative and companion. He talks about her with unbearable dread, and just... (full context)
As Usher’s closest companion now, the narrator of "House of Usher" helps him to move the lady ’s coffin into the dark, musty vault. This particular room is directly underneath the narrator’s... (full context)