Analyzing Symbolism in Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Wraith” Edna St. Vincent Millay’s short poem, “Wraith,” is exploring the realization of coming closer to death. Through symbolism, the poem suggests the rain is the wraith of death creeping upon the narrator, as well as suggests that her house stands for her body. Throughout the poem, the narrator explores her uncertainty with coming to the end of life, and finally passing on in the last verse. Starting with the title, “Wraith,” the readers will find context from the poem when defining the word. As defined by Oxford Dictionary, wraith is a ghost or ghostlike image of someone, especially one seen shortly before or after their death.
Throughout The Masque of the Red Death color plays an important part in the author’s portrayal of death. Poe described the seventh room as “shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls” (Poe 2) and the clock that stood in the room as ebony (Poe 2). The room itself represents the darkness and loneness of death. The narrator later states that “there were few of the company bold enough to set foot within its precincts” (Poe 2).
Another example of repetition that appeared in lines 3 and 7 was “valley of Death.” This phrase represents how the men walked right into a bloodbath and how most of the men had died during the war. As you can see, repetition helps the reader further understand the importance of these
The Dark Truth “The Raven”, by Edgar Allen Poe, and “The Minister’s Black Veil”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne are two stories that show the dark and twisted side of humanity. Edgar Allen Poe is best known for writing his stories about death and the darkness of death. This in turn makes all his seem to be this style where as “The Raven” is a creation of humans seeking hope in a situation that is hopeless. Hawthorne writes about the good and bad in the choices we choose. In “The Ministers Black Veil” Hawthorne confronts a touchy subject by displaying how the congregations covers their sin like a veil covers the face.
Since at the beginning, Poe has also stated that: “Blood was its avatar and its seal – the redness and the horror of blood. (…) The scarlet stains upon the body and especially upon the face of the victim, were the pest ban which shut him out from the aid and from the sympathy of his fellow-men.” The Red Death takes the form of a victim who could have already come into the castle along with the disease and colored signature mark to signify the resemblance of death and disease itself. So far Poe has used symbolism in "Masque of The Red Death" and showing readers how death comes at the end of every life cycle. Symbolism takes place in many forms like how the red death is the disease in the story, along with the bizarre masquerade, the clock of time, and the color of life. Not only does he describe these things in his story, but also foretells how even the wealthiest richest man such as Prince Prospero, cannot escape or outwit
Roberts effectively uses metaphors to express the complex, abstract concepts around suicide and human emotion in general. The article opens with the description of cleaning up the remains of her father. Later, in the seventh paragraph, Roberts applies the same the idea of cleaning up metaphorically, and uses it to describe the permanency of her father’s suicide in her life.
Arriving at an area near the back of the catacombs, Montresor and Fortunato come across a crypt in the wall: “the great catacombs of Paris...Within the wall thus exposed by the displacing of the bones, we perceived a still interior recess, in depth about four feet, in width three, in height six or seven” (Poe 8). When Montresor talks about the “catacombs of Paris”, he is telling of a giant burial place for the dead. This statement hints that Fortunato will be buried here, lying around with the rest of the skeletons. The fact that the wall was “thus exposed by the displacing of the bones” makes it seem like someone purposely moved the bones. This is since “displacing” is forcing something out of place, making it sound intentional, as if something was prepared for Fortunato’s arrival.
Comparing these subjects of the painting to the characters of the story shows a resemblance between the ghastly figure of Friend and death, and between Connie and the Maiden with Connie constantly checking herself in mirrors. Oates herself has admitted “Death and the Maiden” was the original title for her
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner In the excerpt from William Faulkner’s Southern novel, As I Lay Dying the author structures his novel through the use of literary features such as allusion, similes a belittling yet humorous tone, concrete imagery and a stream of consciousness style in the passage. Faulkner throughout the passage not only describes Cash’s reserved character and Darls perspective imagination but he also foreshadows the struggle the Bundren’s will go through as they prepare to go on the journey of burying Addie. First, Faulkner has the speaker Darl create a gloomy mood by using similes to display the ambiance in the room. Then Faulkner alludes to the bible and uses concrete imagery to illustrate both the surroundings and Cash’s concentration and determination as he makes his mother’s coffin. Next, using a stream of consciousness narration, Faulkner has Darl narrate the preparation room of Addie’s’ coffin with specific details about his surroundings almost as if he was actually there when he says
"Doodle!" I screamed above the pounding storm and threw my body to the earth above his. For a long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain.” The story also shows symbolism through the coffin, the coffin symbolizes death. The reason it symbolizes death is because The reason that the coffin symbolizes bad luck is because the coffin was built for Doodles death but Doodle didn’t die so there was a beathly vibe given off by the coffin. “One day I took him up to the barn loft and showed him his casket, telling him how we all had believed he would die.