In the short story “The Masque of the Red Death,” by Edgar Allan Poe, Prince Prospero secluded himself from the Red Death. The plague quickly killed a large portion of the population. In the end, the Red Death kills the prince and his companions from within the abbey. The message conveyed in the story is that punishment is inevitable to those who allow others to suffer in their place due to the events that took place in the story. In the beginning of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death,” Prince Prospero locks himself away in a castellated abbey to hide from a terrible plague.
Prospero thinks he can conquer the “Red Death” but the outcome is a failure. When Prospero “gets killed” everyone “... summons the wild courage of despair… seizing the mummer.” (Poe 10). Everyone strikes at the masked figure due to the killing of the prince only for the result to lead in death from everyone in the mansion. The plague is symbolic of all death and morality of all humans even “Prospero” whose name is ironic and also a contradiction. “Prince Prospero and a thousand knights and dames to seek to secure themselves against the Red Death by relocating themselves in a “new” place…” (Roth).
The structure of a story can either make or break the book being written. The Birthmark and The Scarlet Letter, both by Nathaniel Hawthorne, are both effective in the ways they were written. The birthmark is a short story that teaches a life lesson. Hawthorne was effective in the way he structured this specific story since he didn’t dwell on history and small details. The Scarlet Letter was very effective and the structure played a huge role in that.
All together F. Scott Fitzgerald creates one of the most influential pieces of American literature ever which is defined by its ability to survive the test of time and remain relevant in today’s culture and society. He skillfully crafted this layered story with the ingenuous use of colors to give the story a sort of surreal feeling as it draws readers and critics alike to its engaging plot and characters.
Night: Dehumanization “He was so terrible that he was no longer terrible. Only dehumanized” (F. Scott Fitzgerald). Jews were treated so badly that they began to act terribly but eventually they reached the point beyond repair and it was all due to dehumanization. The Holocaust took place in WW2, it was a horrific event that killed millions of Jews. Many Jews were taken from their homes and were killed, or were treated less than animals until death of starvation or exhaustion.
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
An Occurrence at Owl Creek is a unique short story because, of the authors’ style, the techniques, and the trick ending much like The Necklace. The symbolism used by Bierce is both ambiguous and descriptive. This helps to add a little extra flare to the story to help hook the readers in and keep them entertained. Techniques used by Bierce helped with making this short story have a bigger and deeper meaning. He used symbolism, motifs, and two strong themes.
In the short story Edgar Allen Poe caps off the deaths of everyone with, “And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night”(pg.10). This allusion shows that like judgement day, the Red Death swept in swiftly and unexpectedly. The allusion shows that death is a force that will consume even the best of men. Another addition to this thought may be seen in the following source; “The description at the beginning of the text of the peculiar symptoms of the disease which haunts the world of Poe 's story makes it clear that it is no force above, beyond, or in any way
The prince, indignant, asks to the figure to reveal himself but he doesn’t answer and starts walking towards the black room where Prince Prospero tries to kill him. But as soon as the Prince touches him, the figure disappears and Prospero falls dead on the ground. Immediately everybody at the party falls on the ground and die, the clock stops working and the candles blow out. The Masque of Red Death is an allegory for the conflict between humans and nature, life and death. The name of the Prince is Prospero, this name recalls the word prosperous, which comes from Latin and means wealthy and successful but, it can also be interpreted as alive.
I agree that both “The Masque of the Red Death” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe can be described as short stories that value symbol over plot. Poe uses various symbols to disclose information or details to the reader, while also leaving components of the story open to interpretation. This symbolism tells its own story within the overall plot, rather than it being explained clearly by the author, cleverly adding to the interest of the read. This effective allegory allows the reader to question their literal understanding of the story, once faced with the deeper philosophical ideas. This means that in the case of these two short stories, symbols are valued over plot.
The Red Death is described as fatal and hideous, and that description do not give off a very upbeat mood. “And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.” At the end of the story Prince Prospero enter the black room, in pursue of the Red Death/unwanted guest. When he encounters the guest he dies. The rest of the party members and friends
The significance of war in John Wade’s life, has deformed his present state of mind and diluted the clarity of his daily thoughts and actions. The horrific events he experienced caused a terminal disease, as evident by his spastic fits of yelling “Kill Jesus”, running in-and-out of the bedroom he shares with Kathy, kicking and screaming as if he was possessed by a devil, and his unstoppable quest to end any life in his presence. John decides to acheive this by killing all plants in his home. As he waits for the pot to boil, he imagines himself, “kicking and gouging. He’d go for the eyes.
It causes a gruesome and painful death. It makes you bleed from your pores and kills you in thirty minutes, In the text it says, This is one of the seven rooms in the palace. Since it’s at the eastern extremity, it is the first room. The blue color and it being the first room symbolizes birth. The last room is said to be, This room being all the way to the west and the dark hangings through the blood-tinted panes symbolizes death.
Act 2 gives us ample proof of his realization of what he did. Macbeth even goes on to kill more people after King Duncan. He sends people to kill not only his best friend, Banquo, but Banquo’s son as well. After going to see the witches again, Macbeth learns that he must fear Macduff. Upon hearing Macduff has fled to England to fetch Malcolm, Macbeth has Macduff’s entire household slaughtered.