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Figurative Language In Poe's Literature

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Fear can inhibit you from acting foolishly in the forthcoming. Additionally, horror alerts us of what may soon happen and restrains us from future affliction. By being set in the minds of others during these hair-raising situations, we learn to not go down the wrong path. By doing so, you avoid future misfortune. Nonetheless, fear alters our brain and crams it with horrific ideology. Dread can lead to insanity and causes you to become obsessed. Consternation can lead you to become so overly-obsessed that preposterous ideas begin raiding your head. Symbolism, irony, and figurative language are used in “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, and “The Masque of the Red Death” to delineate how dread deceives the protagonist's’ mind and how obsession overcomes their mind.

Poe integrates symbolism into his texts to create many layers of thinking and to form an affiliation with the reader. Poe symbolizes time and the irresistibility of death throughout lots of his work. The narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart” describes the old man’s watch as the “... watch’s
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Poe uses figurative language to create an association with two thoughts to influence the reader and produce a connection. “The Masque of the Red Death” describes the red death as if it were a “thief in the night.” “ And now was acknowledgment the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night”(61). The phrase “thief in the night” refers to an unseen or unexpected act without it being seen. Prince Prospero created the masquerade to try to evade disease. The red death entered the masquerade and killed not only the prince, but everyone. Poe makes this comparison to effectively show the inevitability of death. Prince Prospero’s obsession with avoiding death caused him to seal all entrances from disease. The obsession distorted his mind into unknowingly finding himself with the red
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