In William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, the leading motif, ambition, equally serves as the catalyst for Macbeth’s demise. Throughout the play, Shakespeare gradually exposes Macbeth’s weak character and internal darkness as he presents Macbeth with the seductive illusion of power and ambition. Macbeth’s ambition turned him from a noble Thane to a murdering King, encouraged by his wife until his tender character turned ruthless, and eventually led to the final deaths Lady Macbeth and himself. In the beginning of Macbeth, the protagonist possessed respectable qualities. Similar to Oedipus, Macbeth desired to save their kingdoms either from the plague or Scottish traitors.
Montresor is so consumed by his hatred for Fortunato that he deliberately creates a plot to murder Fortunato to seek justice for himself and his family name. In order to convey this to the audience Poe uses foreshadowing, suspense, and exposition to reveal the intentions of Montresor. The first literary tool Poe uses in order to reveal the intentions of Montresor is exposition. Poe uses exposition in the beginning of, “The Cask of Amontillado,” in order to get the rest of the story in motion. Poe writes, “Fortunato had hurt me a thousand times and I had suffered quietly.
If thou canst nod, speak too./ If charnel houses and our graves must send/ Those that we bury back, our monuments/ Shall be the maws of kites.” (Shakespeare, Act 3 Scene 4 ). Macbeth’s breakdown can be explained well by J. Lyndon Shanley in this quote from Macbeth: The Tragedy of Evil: “No sooner does he gain what he wanted than he is beset by fears worse than those he overrode in murdering Duncan. His horror of murder is lost in the fear of discovery and revenge, and the fear of losing what he has sacrificed so much to gain.” (Shanley 1) Macbeth is responsible for countless more murders throughout the play, such as Lady Macduff and her son, as well as Young Siward. However, the crimes that Macbeth commits are not the only factor a play in his eventual downfall. How little Macbeth cares about his people and followers are another integral part in his fall from greatness.
This shows that despite his attempts to foil deaths plans, Prince Prospero only challenged the Red Death to become more cunning. Since the prince’s plan backfired on him, he and his courtiers died just as the peasants outside the fortified walls of the abbey were. Thus, the irony in “The Masque of the Red Death” draws the reader’s attention to the appearance of the Red Death. It also serves to emphasize the fate of the courtiers, causing the reader to feel the futility in their actions as they attempt to capture the humanoid Red Death. Therefore, “The Masque of the Red Death” utilizes irony to elicit feelings of dread in the reader as he or she imagines the possibilities that could occur with the fortification of Prince Prospero’s
The Prince and his friends were then in the presence of the phantom representing the “Red Death”. The prince followed the phantom and it led the prince threw the six chambers without a thought. Then all of a sudden in the last room the phantom killed the prince. “There was a sharp cry- and the dagger dropped gleaming upon the sable carpet, upon which, instantly afterwards, fell prostrate in death the Prince Prospero” (Poe 461). In this part of the story Poe clearly states and expresses his hidden message saying no one can escape from the own destiny.
Friar had a plan to help Juliet meet Romeo that she was to pretend to be dead with a potion and send a message to Romeo. This plan came to a demise with Romeo not getting the message and reaching Juliet supposed corpse, and then he killed himself. Friar Lawrence knew about the end result and what could have come if this plan was to fail, which it had a high spchance in doing so. He said “Like death, when he shuts up the day of life; Each part, deprived of supple government, Shall, stiff and stark and cold, appear like
Masque of the Red Death Literary Analysis In the short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” by Edgar Allen Poe. Prince Prospero secluded himself from the Red Death. This plague quickly killed a large portion of the population. Prince Prospero had the belief that he and his friends could avoid the Red Death by leaving other people to suffer in their place. Creating a message that is conveyed in the story is that death is inevitable due to the fact that Prince Prospero and his friends attempted to avoid the Red Death.
“The Tell-Tale Heart” vs. “The Haunted Palace” Death and sorrow has entered everyone’s life at some point, but it can definitely have different effects on us. Edgar Allan Poe’s two short stories “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Haunted Palace” both deal with death and evil, which raises a question, how has evil effected Poe in his life to drive him to write pieces of writing such as these. “The Tell-Tale Heart” is about a man taken over by insanity and killing an old man because of it. “The Haunted Palace” is about this beautiful Palace that was then taken by evil and turned into a place of sorrow. Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Haunted Palace” both are acutely unalike, but have alike themes and meaning of symbolism.
Prince Prospero symbolized man-kind and its unable to do something to deal with death in general. Prince invited citizens “from among the knights and dames of his court” (84). When the Red Death begins to kill most of the people in Prospero’s kingdom, he attempts to use his wealth, noble, respected and care to escape the fate of everyone. Poe points out in this allegory, no man can escape death, because it will find you, that is why man-kind is unable to escape death. In the end, the Red Death has made its way through the company, "and the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay" (88).
Everybody loves a good scare, some people like it in person, others in books and movies. Masque of the Red Death by, Edgar Allen Poe, it uses many gothic elements to give you a very creepy vibe. In this short story an entire country has been hit with a plague that gives you a slow painful death. A rich prince gathers all of his friends into his big castle to hide for the plague but later during a masquerade ball the red death finds its way into the castle and kills everyone. By using many gothic elements, including a gloomy decaying setting, a supernatural being, a character in distress or an intense emotion, you can write a good gothic story.
Like a Thief in the Night When death comes, there is no escaping it. In a split second it takes your life. In the Masque of the Red Death, Edgar Allen Poe uses imagery and symbolism to portray that everyone’s time comes to an end, that no one can escape death. The Red Death is a deadly disease. It causes a gruesome and painful death.
Also in The Masque of Red Death, it says, “And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And the darkness and the red death held illimitable dominion over all.” (Poe) This quote is basically saying that the red death killed everyone in the story and now holds power, similar to what happened in Poe’s life. In Poe’s life he lost his Mother, Virginia and a few other important