Analysis Of Ligeia And The Masque Of The Red Death

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Athrv Bajpai Professor Cheatham English 100 15 February , 2018 The Power of Will to Conquer Death Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily. In the two narratives of “Ligeia” and the “The Masque of the Red Death”, there is a dramatization of the desire of human beings to try and conquer death through the power of will. In “Ligeia”, death is conquered by means of the determination of the will. The narrator feels that there is a connection between part of the character of his beloved Ligeia, who possessed a stern passion, and the beliefs in the supernatural of Joseph Glanvill, an English moralist who contended “Man doth not yield himself to the angels, nor unto death utterly, save only through the weakness of his feeble will” ( Poe, “Ligeia” 2 ). In “The Masque of the Red Death” dramatize the human desire to conquer death through the power of the will. However, Prospero 's obsessive attempts are of no use because death slips into the midst of his guests, who shrink at the toll of the hour from the brazen lungs of the clock, and in their trepidation and lack of will fall prey to their mortality. In the story “Ligeia” and “ The Masque of the Red Death”, the theme of will to live is explored through the gothic elements of repetition, death, and transformation. The first gothic element which is common in both the stories is repetition. In the story “Ligeia” a lady named Rowena

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