The Fall of the House of Usher

What is Roderick's malady?

what is Roderick Usher's malady?

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Poe never really tells us what Roderick's malady is. Like the house of Usher, Roderick seems to be disintegrating, “A cadaverousness of complexion; an eye large, liquid, and luminous beyond comparison ; lips somewhat thin and very pallid....." Roderick's emotional state is fragile too, "and I soon found this to arise from a series of feeble and futile struggles to overcome an habitual trepidancy - an excessive nervous agitation..." Roderick is very much a part of everything about Usher that is crumbling including his "dead" sister.