Shakespeare uses the powerful imagery of blood throughout “Macbeth” to signify the staining guilt and immutable choices Macbeth makes to take innocent human lives for his own gain. In “Macbeth,” the blood is everywhere as a reminder of the guilt. If it is not a reminder of the past guilt of killing innocent men, it is a foreshadowing of the permanent Just before Macbeth commits
The imagined blood haunts them both, following them until their death. Shakespeare uses the blood symbol to express Macbeth’s horror and guilt over his crime. Blood reveals Macbeth’s feelings about murder. Overall, the constant presence of blood in Macbeth repeatedly reminds us about how serious the consequences of the characters actions
The Scarlet, blood color, is used by Poe to emphasize the power death holds, while the gloomy black drapes and carpet create the ominous sense of mourning and grief that death brings. Prince Prospero attempts to block death out; however, the presence of death is felt everywhere
The haunting of the ghost is a representation of Macbeth’s guilt haunting him, reminding him that once you take a person’s life, their blood will forever be on your hands and you will never be able to forget about it. Blood continuously links the theme of guilt to sin. And, it displays how the characters react to and are affected by ‘bloody’ events. Blood plays a major aspect in all parts of the play. It affects all of the main themes of betrayal, death, guilt and pain.
“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.
In fictional writing there are many important componates that contributes to it success. Such as tone, mood, and setting. Nevertheless symbolism is very also a vital aspect of fiction. Symbolism ensures that the reader looks at the deeper meanings of a piece. This could not be more evident than in the story “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allen Poe.
His vesture was dabbled in blood-and his broad brow, with all the features of the face, was besprinkled with the scarlet horror.” (Poe 303) Robert Shulman writes: “Poe often seeks to find metaphoric equivalents for his explicit theoretical concerns - with identity and oneness in unexpected guises, with the importance of analogy, with the life and death power of writing supernatural and finally fatal visions, with the terror and awe of moving from life to death...” (Shulman 250) Prince Prospero’s ill-fated attempt to escape the plague only led him to inevitable death, only in a more gruesome manner than the plague. Poe writes about the event, describing the Prince Prospero as he chases the cloaked figure around with a knife, full of rage: “Prince Prospero, maddened with rage and the shame of his own momentary cowardice, rushed hurriedly through the six chambers... He bore aloft a drawn dagger, and had approached, in rapid impetuosity, to within three or four feet of the retreating figure, when the latter, having attained the extremity of the velvet apartment, turned suddenly and confronted his pursuer.” (Poe 304) Poe follows this with a confrontation between the personified Red Death and the Prince, which inevitably ends with the Prince, dead on the ground. Prince Prospero is unable to escape death, supporting Poe’s CONSISTENT THEME OF THE INEVITABILITY OF
The choices an author makes of what perspective the story is written in or the narrative devices that are used can impact the meaning of the text. In the story, The Things They Carried by Tim O 'Brien, he uses different point of views and he uses both 1rst and 3rd person. In the story, The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe he uses allegory, metaphors, and he places the events in chronological order. These choices by the authors of both stories affect how the reader interprets the story. First, The story The Things They Carried is written in different points of view of the same story of what happened in Vietnam.
The Masque of the Red Death Analysis Edgar Allen Poe’s use of vivid words and phrases in “The Masque of the Red Death” allows the reader to visualize the events as they unfold in the short story. In addition to these images, the reader is engaged by the use of irony that is built upon throughout the story. Also, the personification of the disease, the “Red Death”, causes the reader to feel fear as the masked figure walks through the rooms. These literary devices generate feelings in the reader that have him or her experience the characters security and dread. Therefore, the language used in the piece, along with the irony and personification, allows the reader to fully enjoy it.
William Wilson meets his tragic end when Poe writes, ”In a large mirror I saw my own image, dabbled in blood...it was Wilson who stood before me in an agony of death.” It is revealed at the end that there was only one William Wilson. The second William Wilson was a reflection of the first one conscience. The real William Wilson gets so fed up with his concise that the only to get rid of it was by stabbing himself in the chest. On the contrary, the narrator confesses to his unscrupulous deed.”I admit the deed!” (Poe 516). The only reason the narrator confess was to get eliminate the buzzing he heard.