It is not hard to understand why “The Masque Of The Red Death” is Poe’s most haunting tale. Poe packs the story full of his most ingenious and terrifying literary devices, such as symbolism, themes and imagery and uses these devices perfectly to terrify the reader long after they finish the final
An example of imagery would be “The “Red Death” had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its avatar and its seal-the redness and the horror of blood.” In this quote Poe is giving the reader an idea of the “Red Death”. The reader can really get a sense of fear or horror from this imagery. This imagery also give the reader a beginning
Blood is spattered all over him." (Dyer 1286). At the end of the story, Prince Prospero gathers the courage to attempt to kill the figure, but he drops dead before the task is complete. When the palace’s guests unwrap the cloth surrounding the figure, they find nothing underneath. The figure’s red blood allegedly signifies the blood coughed up by tuberculosis victims, which inspired Poe to write this frightful
This sets an emphatically dark and horrific tone for the reader, which carries into the plot of the story. He continues to describe the “Red Death,” stating that there were “Sharp pains and dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores,” (Poe 3). By describing the disease so vividly, Poe is giving the reader a visual image to magnify the dreaminess of the story. He does this again when describing the attendees of the Masquerade. He describes them, saying, “There were arabesque figures with unsuited limbs and appointments.
When Prospero tries to address this figure, he instantly dies. His guests followed them into this room and they reveal the masked figure, to see that no one is there. They die instantly. The main character, Prince Prospero was described as snobby, egocentric, and a coward. Although, he was given no physical description.
I. Introduction Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most important American writers of the nineteenth century. Much of his work was inspired by the events that happened around him. Poe's works embodied the short stories creative theories and the eternal theme he devoted to his life: the horror after beauty has gone, the horror of death, the horror of gloom and the horror of weird phenomena. Published in 1842, The Masque of the Red Death was the representative of Poe’s aesthetics and writing themes.
In this essay the notion that short story 's value symbol over plot will be discussed with reference to "The Masque of the Red Death" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe. Symbolism is rampant in short stories especially in ones written by Edgar Allen Poe. "The Masque of the Red Death" has symbolism hidden around every corner of this gruesome story. One of the most prominent symbols is that of the castle, who 's walls can be argued to symbolize societies class boundaries. Everyone inside of the castle 's walls are of a high status such as Prince Prospero and the knights, those inside the walls are considered to be safe from the red death and due to this presumed safety the occupants are rejoicing.
For instance, when the wine on the ground in Saint Antoine is spilled all over the streets, Dickens writes, “The time was to come, when that wine too would be spilled on the street-stones, and when the stain of it would be red upon many there” (32). Dickens foreshadows the death of many people in Saint Antoine in France. This turns out to be true to both the aristocracy and poor. In the beginning of the book, the aristocracy oppress and leave the poor with little food to eat hence starving them to death. Many of them die because of starvation and by the ill treatment of the rich.
Black Death Informative Essay by Stefano Colombo 3/06/18 “How many valiant men, how many fair ladies, breakfast with their kinfolk and the same night supped with their ancestors in the next world! The condition of the people was pitiable to behold. They sickened by the thousands daily and died unattended and without help. Many died in the open street, others dying in their houses, made it known by the stench of their rotting bodies. Consecrated churchyards did not suffice for the burial of the vast multitude of bodies, which were heaped by the hundreds in vast trenches, like goods in a ship’s hold and covered with a little earth.”-Giovanni Boccaccio.
The physical house reflects the end of the Usher bloodline as it still stands on the edge of ruin, away from civilization. While the house itself is splitting due to the fissure that is tearing it apart, the twins are being torn apart by the disease that will soon take them. Ultimately, the house does fall to the “black and lurid tarn” (Poe 196) and the twins return to the ground having met the demise that they had been molded to by “preternatural interconnectedness” (Timmerman