Poe does a great job with building this suspense with the decisions he makes using the authors craft. In the short story “Masque of the Red Death” Poe uses imagery, setting, and change of surprise to create and effective story. The first way that Poe had used authors craft was with imagery. He had gone into detail about the story where the reader can imagine how something happens. Poe states in the story “The figure was tall and gaunt, and shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave” (Poe 87).
The writing is on a deeper level and is forcing his readers into haunted places of their own minds. I think all of this contributed to his well-deserved Man Booker Prize. Coetzee has proven how passionate he is about his writing and the use of the English language is genius and on a very educated level. The art of making all that misery and suffering sound beautiful and romantic is a skill well portrayed as well as his ability to leave you questioning your own values and the simplicity in life. Coetzee also shows his extreme intelligence and opens a deeper understanding of the English language by using words forgotten by most.
For two centuries now, horror and suspense stories have become one of the most intriguing types of story genres. These genres have captured the attention of countless of readers and nowadays watchers. According to Percy D’Aco, horror stories are created to show discomfort and fear reflecting on one’s greatest fears. In the process of writing horror stories, numerous authors create suspense to make people continue reading and stay hooked on the story. A great example of the use of suspense would be the horror story “August Heat,” written by W.F Harvey.
This story of death works out, because Edgar Allen Poe gives good use to author’s craft. Edgar Allen Poe uses imagery, symbolism, and setting to create an effective story. In the “Masque of the Red Death” Poe uses description to give imagery. An example of this imagery the Poe uses is the ebony clock chiming and making the people in the entertainment room go silent in fear. “….
At the beginning of the story Poe creates a creepy tone introducing the setting. “ dull, heavy, monotonous clang; and when the minute-hand made the circuit of the face, and the hour was to be stricken, there came from the brazen lungs of the clock a sound which was clear and loud and deep.” This quote uses figurative language to also create the scene about the ebony clock. This story consisted of a Prince or the host of a masquerade party having the responsibility to protect all 1,000 of his friends from the uninvited stranger but not only couldn't he save them, he also couldn't save himself. The climax of this story supported the theme of death being inevitable by expressing the struggle of trying to stay alive but end up staring death in the face anyways. Poe used the background information on the Prince to also enhance the moral of this
Mood is referred to as the atmosphere of a literary piece, as it creates an emotional situation that surrounds the readers. In the short story “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe there are many moods such as creepy, sad, violent, and ironic. Montresor meets Fortunato at a carnival, lures him into the catacombs of his home, and buries him alive. Montresor who decides to seek revenge against Fortunato specifically creates a mood of suspense. Who knew that insulting someone could lead to a dark and suspenseful death for Fortunato?
Suspense by Edgar Allen Poe Suspense is a writing style that authors use to make it so a reader is ahead of the characters in the story. Edgar Allen Poe profoundly used this technique in his story “Tell Tale Heart”. The narrator is psychotic and is particularly tormented by an old man’s ‘evil’ glass eye. He was willing to do close to anything to be rid of the eye, including murder. Through the entire story, Poe had it so the reader always knew something was going to happen, but constantly question when and what.
The extravagant party will rage on for time on end, yet when this one action occurs, the room freezes. Poe uses this clock and the reaction of the guest to serve as birthdays. Poe shows through the clock that people will go through life always moving from one point to another, only stopping on a certain marker of birthdays or clock chimes. Poe uses the guest’s “same disconcert and tremulousness and meditation”(Poe, 2) as a symbol of people’s reaction to birthdays; a specific marker in life to show we are moving from one apartment to the next. This helps him highlight his theme by showing how the masquerade of life will continue, marked by our chimes, until we hear the last one.
An author that loves to utilize this technique is the American poet, Edgar Allen Poe; in his works. It is very apparent in his writings to create tension, suspense, or a dramatic change of atmosphere. He creates a lasting impression on those are that are fans of his passages. The best example or evidence of Poe using this device is in his work titled, The Mask of
Edgar Allen Poe was a pioneer of horror as a genre and captivates audiences to this day with introspective looks at madness and foul deeds told in such intimate prose as to even make the saintliest of people feel as though they have just murdered a man or begun a descent into madness. This being said, it is not hard to say that Poe established a style, a way of writing and a set of motifs that sets him apart and makes his writing identifiable. It is especially evident in many of his classic works, such as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, or even The Fall of the House of Usher. His style of writing is deeply introspective, often contains themes of murder and madness and grief, and are often told in the context of recounting events. Edgar Allen Poe, first and foremost, is an introspective writer, preferring to tell tales from the first-person point of view, and focusing on internal conflicts as the main driving force of the story.