Poe, who is often known for using challenging and varying sentence structure, uses elements of syntax such as polysyndeton and parallel structure to create a dark and ominous mood. Poe uses syntax in the first paragraph when he starts several sentences with “But in the…” and then names a specific room. This is effective because he describes each room with different features, but each feature has an equally discomforting feeling accompanying it. He uses polysyndeton in the second paragraph when he described the sound the clock made; he wrote, “...there came from the brazen lungs of the clock a sound which was clear and loud and exceedingly musical.” The combination of the different qualities of the sound are important because not only does it mirror the complex reaction the characters have to it, but it illustrates the significance of the clock.
Edgar Allan Poe’s stories all have some type of mysterious setting that makes the reader read in between the lines and decipher the meaning. His stories also incorporate a great deal of violence and sinister acts, which adds a grimness to each story he tells. “The Black Cat” is a true work of literature that incorporates a hidden meaning in the story with the use of sinister violence. In this particular story, the narrator’s use of the first-person point of view, symbolism through the characters, and the eerie setting creates a fascinating tale. Edgar Allan Poe’s story is told from the first-person point of view.
“The Masque of the Red Death,” has an abundant amount of symbolism that ranges from subtle details, to plain out personification throughout the story. It is extremely ominous and dreamlike, which helps to show it’s dark and death-oriented messages. To achieve the desired theme and mood Poe desired, he uses dream-like settings and use of words to indicate that
There are many different types of figurative language used in “Poison,” but the most obvious ones are similes. “The question came so sharply it was like a small explosion in my ear” (Dahl 84). This quotation is a simile comparing someone’s voice to an explosion. At this time in the story, the narrator, Timber Woods, is calling Ganderbai to take care of the krait on his roommate Harry Pope’s stomach. Ganderbai asks who had been bitten very quickly as soon as he heard
Inherently, in ‘The Signalman’ Dickens uses an unfamiliar setting to build suspense by using gloomy words to make a tunnel horrendous, deadly and isolated. Which can be seen in “his post was in a solitary and dismal a place”. The using of the words such as ‘solitary’ and ‘dismal’ construct the imagery of being abandoned and a lonesome place. Suspense is being built during the readers read through these words thinking of a ghastly place and something dreadful could happen here.
“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.” (Nabokov 9). Vladimir Nabokov’s language in Lolita displays the enchanting power of language in its most innate form. In the classic dark love story of Humbert Humbert, the pedophile, and Dolores Haze, the naïve child, Nabokov 's choice in syntax encapsulates the audience’s attention from line to line, readers only hoping to understand the complexity of a character such as Humbert Humbert.
The note that Vonnegut decides to compare the current situation of the war and the British officers with a Cinderella story brings a humour to the story; exposing a beautiful story out to a dark, miserable reality. The author also uses strong descriptions; he includes that “candles and the soaps were made from the fat of rendered Jews and Gypsies…” (Vonnegut 98). He finishes the following description with the phrase “so it goes.” It is believed that this is a fairly simple phrase to close off such a strong point and embellish it with how it relates to a Cinderella story.
Mood is what draws a reader’s emotion to a story. The mood sets the scene for a story to play out on. In “ The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe there is a strong mood that drives the story. The mood is dark, angry, and mysterious. Key details and scenes help illustrate the mood.
In “The Secret Life of Bees” Sue Monk Kidd uses various literary devices such as mood, motifs, and metaphors. Mood is a literary device that is used in Kidd’s novel “The Secret Life of Bees” to show how almost everyone has deep dark secrets that holds them in the past. Mood refers to the mental and emotional disposition of the way a subject or a character is portrayed, which in turn sets up the atmosphere or mood to the novel. For instance in Kidd’s novel, “The Secret Life of Bees”, the mood is frequently serious because it treats a series of somber issues: verbal and physical abuse, racial discrimination, violence, and death. However, Kidd punctuates these grave moments with humor and the desire of the characters to overcome.
Edgar Allan Poe’s use of literary devices to show the how fear of the characters in his stories are both helpful and harmful to them. Poe shows how the fears and obsessions of the narrators in his tales either lead to their inevitable death, or their miraculous survival. Edgar Allan Poe uses many literary devices in his texts, such as symbols, ironies, and figurative language, to show the strange and distorted ways of the characters, and the repercussion of their fears and obsessions. In Poe’s stories, a literary device he uses frequently throughout his stories, are symbols.
“The Minister’s Black Veil” is actually the representation of the most often referred by Hawthorne theme – the theme of general inclination of all individuals towards the deadly sins, including pride, lust, envy, anger, sloth and so on. This short story is not an exception, as it reveals the author’s bright imagination and talent of presenting his characters. One of the peculiarities of “The Minister’s Black Veil” is an unusual strategy, applied by the author, when he doesn’t reveal the real face of the single character, the readers have the impression that all the rest characters are also masked. The general effect of the writing is rather gloomy and unpleasant. It is next to impossible to find anything positive about an individual, who prefers
Edgar Allen Poe uses literary devices to express suspense and horror such as foreshadowing, mood, and tone. The author also uses key words and terms to show irony and mood. One example of irony is, “(for the shutters were close fastened through fear of robbers)” (Poe, 62). This is an example of situational irony because the old man thought the crime was going to be committed by someone outside of the home but was committed on the inside by the old man's roommate.
In the short story, “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allen Poe, the author uses the rhetorical device of symbolism. In this allegorical piece Edgar uses symbolism to explore his central idea more thoroughly. The central idea is that no matter what the characters did or where they went, they couldn't escape death as death is inevitable. Throughout the story the masqueraders were living life to the fullest, but then they were quickly reminded that morality cannot be avoided. Poe uses symbolism with the seventh chamber, the ebony clock, and the masked figure to expand on the theme of death.
When grieving the loss of a loved one, most people are consumed by their sorrow. This was the case with the renowned American poet Edgar Allan Poe. In the winter of 1847, Poe’s wife passed away after suffering from tuberculosis since 1842. During the last two years of Poe’s life, he dedicated numerous poems and short stories to her. For example, in one of his most famous works, The Raven, used imagery, personification, and assonance to project his devastation of the loss of his wife.
“Sometimes a man’s mind makes him see strange sights. What he sees can make him do terrible things to those too weak to resist. But in the end, sometimes the weak get revenge. ”- Edgar Allan Poe.