Edgar Allan Poe was a great but tortured poet that had a terrible life. He also had a terrible and mysterious death. An opinion on how Poe died was from encephalitic rabies. The evidence is from letters sent to a collage supporting the theory on how he died. How he could have died from it, is because the symptoms can stay in your body without showing symptoms.
Poe describes the mental state of a man who is going to kill people horribly and admirably. In addition, his the last word “In peace requiescat!” expresses Montresor’s cruel and horrible character that he is indifferent of his friend’s death he despite killed him. This is the mental state of a man who is going to kill
Poe uses symbolism a lot in his stories to make his writing have a more eerie feeling.”The Tell-Tale Heart” and “Masque of Red Death” both have symbols that induce fear into the main characters hearts.In The Tell-Tale Heart Poe writes “...for it was no the old man who vexed me but his evil eye “(75).The narrator kills an innocent old man for that hr thought the old man's eyes were judging.Although the old man just had cataracts ,the narrator could not stand the man for his eye he compared looked as vulture's eye.The narrator was afraid of this old man and his “evil eye”. The narrator was so consumed with the man's eye that he killed him just to get rid of the man's judgment. Though there were some repercussions with his immoral choices,he cannot take the terrible things
The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe is a rather graphic short story that portrays man’s fear of death. Throughout time man has always at one time or another had a fear of being mortal. Throughout this story Poe utilizes many symbols to portray this fear of the death that man has. The symbols that are the most predominant in The Masque of the Red Death are the different rooms, the color black, and the clock. Throughout The Masque of the Red Death color plays an important part in the author’s portrayal of death.
In the novel Gene says, “I could not escape the feeling that this was my own funeral,” (pg. 194). Throughout Finny’s life, Gene was constantly trying to do things and be like Finny, and when Phineas died, Gene was so involved in Finny’s life that he claimed he felt dead as well. This shows how little Gene was his own individual. Gene’s actions led to an unfortunate event that not only ruined Finny's life, but ended it.
He is obsessed over the eye of an old man who admittedly did no wrong to him. By revealing to the reader his plans of taking this old man’s life, Poe increases our feeling of suspense by also having us, the reader, stalk the old man alongside the narrator. We are placed in the very shoes of the murderer. Tension is high. This effectively creates a mood of suspense as we know the innermost thoughts of the killer himself.
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.
As we can see many of his famous sellers all end in a tragedy just like his life. It’s also not very hard to make connections for character to his folks. In his short story The Masque of the Death, Poe addresses his main point or the theme of the book as well. This book also connects with some history, has exciting and frightening characters, and explores some psychological elements. Poe looked to his imagination and his life stories and created them into tales we all love and enjoy.
Poe's symbolism is shown in the clock, a symbol of our life passing by, the masquerade, a symbol of distraction, and the masked figure, a symbol of the death we cannot hide from. The story teaches us that cheating death is not something we can do even if you hide from it or ignore it for death will find everybody taking the only life we have. Poe provides excellent forms of symbolism to depict his hidden meanings, making the reader consider what he is describing. Poe's tells a story pointing out that cheating death is impossible no matter the measures you take to prevent
.” (75). Although the old man took precautions to keep himself away from the hands of death, his fate was sealed when he unknowingly trusted a vile man. He suspected nothing out of the ordinary, for the narrator continued to be gracious and empathetic. Believing that his measly locks could protect him, the old man is unwary of his approaching murder, foolishly believing he has escaped death. Similarly, Prince Prospero, in “The Masque of Red Death,” dreads the thought of death so amply, that he hides himself.