This sets an emphatically dark and horrific tone for the reader, which carries into the plot of the story. He continues to describe the “Red Death,” stating that there were “Sharp pains and dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores,” (Poe 3). By describing the disease so vividly, Poe is giving the reader a visual image to magnify the dreaminess of the story. He does this again when describing the attendees of the Masquerade. He describes them, saying, “There were arabesque figures with unsuited limbs and appointments.
so we can appreciate elements that directly contribute to the unity of effect, as the language, and the presence of death throughout the story, and elements that indirectly contribute to the single effect, as characterization and personification, and Poe's concept of death in the theme, because this elements help to construct the allegory and theme, and so they help to produce the Gothic Horror effect. That's why once more everything within the story, contributes to Poe's theory of the Single Effect, supporting my thesis statement that The Language, the Concept of death in the theme, The Characterization and Personification used by Poe plus many other elements, literary devices, and symbols, together they produce an ultimate effect of classic Gothic horror in the
Poe believes that stories that dealt with gothic literature needed to have allegories in them to have a second level of meaning in addition to it’s literal meaning. Theses types of elements were popular in this time period because they taught moral lessons and contributed to the dark feeling a person undergoes when finding the true meaning of not only the story, but are able to personally understand the true feeling the author is trying to make individuals feel. In “The Tale and Its Effect”, Poe stated that he used and supported unity of effect to go about discussing the themes he embedded within his stories in order to make the reader to feel a certain way. He believes that they need to be short and sweet so that the author can get all the details to the reader. Poe exclaims that short stories are superior to novels because one is able to sit down and finish it in one-sitting rather than breaking the experience, with the possibility of forgetting important elements.
It is influenced by countless ideas, including religious themes around this time period, and usually reflects on the characteristics of the people living in the Victorian era. For example, a large number of people would like to be surrounded in a world containing plenty of mystery and suspense. Then again, a supernatural force can show what someone might or might not want to become. On top of that, a doppelganger in gothic literature definitely represents who the reader should avoid being. As a result, gothic horror is important to a reader because of how it can connect to their lives in a certain way.
Shakespeare uses the recurring symbol of blood to emphasize the effect of death and violence on the human psyche. The connotation that Macbeth associates with blood switches from a primary motivator to a guilty reminder. Prior to Duncan’s murder, Macbeth witnessed a floating dagger covered with blood (II.i.33). Macbeth had experienced violence and Blood is also used as a reminder of the guilt and trauma from the murder of King Duncan, the guards and Banquo. Macbeth refers to his hallucination of the ghost of Banquo: “It will have blood, they say.
The Masque of the White Plague Humans tend to run away from the inevitable, which causes worry about the events to come. Although death is an event that all will eventually have to face, it is one of humanity’s most widely feared phenomenons. Death presents itself to society in a variety of ways, such as war, disease, and natural disasters. Society’s fear of death is an inspiration for many authors who have turned it into a work reflecting humans’ temporal nature and fear of the unknown. Edgar Allan Poe is a quintessential example of literary reflection of human mortality, as his short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” reflects the tuberculosis epidemic of the nineteenth century.
Elements in a story shape its setting, which in turn shapes theme. Social events during the time period, symbols, and characteristics of a location are used to explicate a common lead and are able to give readers a clear image of the central message of the story. In “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” by Washington Irving, “ Rappaccini’s Daughter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and “The Pit and the Pendulum,” by Edgar Allan Poe, a gothic lead that highlights the theme is common. Through the use of gothic elements, setting is shaped in such a way that each protagonist explores human experience and finds that it is an enigmatic mixture of good and evil, and as a result of the setting, evil contributes to the destruction of goodness. The intense romance
An example of imagery would be “The “Red Death” had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its avatar and its seal-the redness and the horror of blood.” In this quote Poe is giving the reader an idea of the “Red Death”. The reader can really get a sense of fear or horror from this imagery. This imagery also give the reader a beginning
The Gothic Movement heavily influenced Emily Dickinson’s poetry. Literature often reflects the writer’s emotions about an event that are taking place at that time period. For example, the Gothic Movement appeared in the late 18th century as a branch of the Romantic Movement within the arts. The Gothic Movement was in reaction to the Enlightenment, which emphasized individualism rather than tradition, and was significant in this period. However, some writers found this too optimistic, and therefore unrealistic, and in reaction, created the Gothic Movement.
Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe was an important influence in the literature community. He was one of the forefathers of the short story and detective fiction in America. Varying from “The Raven” to The Cask of Amontillado,” there is something attractive about the twisted narratives he created that draw those to his writings. He was a compellingly tragic man with a background as haunting as his stories. To read his work is to, essentially, view the life he led.