Death, and what comes after it, has fascinated human for as long as we have been able to conceptualize it. Fear and curiosity drove a ceaseless search for the ultimate unknown: the afterlife. Tied to this obsession with mortality is the concept of causing death, either someone else’s or your own. William Shakespeare focuses on the ideas and taboo nature that surround death, specifically suicide, in his play Hamlet. Through Hamlet’s soliloquies, the events surrounding Ophelia’s demise, and the truly tragic ending of the play, Shakespeare shows the conflict between the preoccupation with death and the possible relief it could provide and the religious, moral, and other possible drawbacks that concern the act of ending a life.
Edgar Allan Poe, by some, considered the king of gothic literature, was one of the founding fathers of gothic literature in the 19th century, and as well as the mastermind behind the truly chilling short horror story, “The Pit and the Pendulum”. In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Pit and the Pendulum,” Poe uses the fear of death to bring out intense emotion, and the constant fear that his life is out of his hands and that he is doomed to die a slow and painful death. Poe takes great care in describing everything in the story, building suspense, even addressing and bringing attachment to the character, setting an ominous, dark mood throughout the story. With these key gothic elements in play, Poe makes his readers feel strongly for the
Demi Pyle February 20, 2018 English 1302 Looking Closer at “The Masque of The Red Death” In the grim short story written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1842, “The Masque of the Red Death” tells the tale of a kingdom ravaged with disease and a prince’s journey to escape death. Poe hides underlying messages throughout the story, leaving the reader to interpret the true meaning of prosperity and death. Edgar Allan Poe uses symbolism and imagery in the form of an allegory to reveal to the reader that death is inescapable, no matter how wealthy you are. “The Masque of the Red Death” is an allegory, symbolizing the journey from life to death, proving that death is inescapable for everyone. This is shown through the symbolism used by Poe, not only in characters,
The Tell Tale Heart is narrated anonymously yet extremely in depth, leaving the reader with an ominous perspective. The use of first person creates a mysterious interpretation for the readers as we construe the tale from an individuals point of view, looking into the story. The story builds up upon the narrator’s guilt over intentionally killing an innocent man. A suspicious neighbor cries out for help after hearing a shriek and three policemen investigate the situation. During the climax, the narrator is at the greatest intensity of guilt and craze.
Edgar Allan Poe, one of history’s most terrifying and demented authors, is famous for his multitude of stories perfectly crafted to haunt readers for years after they finish reading the final words. To achieve this, Poe uses many suspense techniques such as imagery, vocabulary, psychological insights and unreliable narrators to heighten the power of his tales and truly chill readers to the bone. His use of these tactics is no more apparent than in his most morbid and haunting tale, “The Masque Of Red The Death”. In this story, Poe uses three main literary devices: Imagery, symbolism and themes. Poe’s use of imagery is something that makes this tale captivate the audience and truly resonate within readers’ minds.
Petar Antovski Professor Matthew Hotsinpiller English 2 19 July 2015 The Mystery of Death Ideas, beliefs and myths pertaining to the mystery of death imbue the eternal story of Hamlet, a work of literature art that can to this day urge its every reader to question their own faith and spirituality. From the beginning we are catapulted into a world where the limits between life and death are blurred, where the worlds of the living and the dead are joined. After all, one of the first characters to appear is the ghost of Old Hamlet. Even in the opening scene Shakespeare establishes a certain fascination with the dead. Although Horatio, Bernardo and Marcellus are frightened by the appearance of the ghost, their curiosity and a longing to discover
Edgar Allan Poe uses figurative language to develop the theme of “The Masque of the Red Death.” He uses figurative language in this short story to give the reader a sense of gloomy feeling. By using personification, simile, metaphors, symbolism, imagery, and many other examples the theme of the short story is revealed to be greatly impacted and developed well. Imagery is a great example of how figurative language develops the theme. Poe uses personification to give a very somber or gloomy tone and make the reader feel very uneasy and scared. An example of imagery would be “The “Red Death” had long devastated the country.
Edgar Allan Poe’s use of literary devices to show the how fear of the characters in his stories are both helpful and harmful to them. Poe shows how the fears and obsessions of the narrators in his tales either lead to their inevitable death, or their miraculous survival. Edgar Allan Poe uses many literary devices in his texts, such as symbols, ironies, and figurative language, to show the strange and distorted ways of the characters, and the repercussion of their fears and obsessions. In Poe’s stories, a literary device he uses frequently throughout his stories, are symbols. For example, in the text “The The-Tale Heart”, Poe’s use of the old man’s eye symbolized the obsessions and fears of the narrator like, “Whenever it fell upon me, my blood
However, the subject matter is a decomposing carcass with “so frightful… the stench” (15). The speaker also goes into great detail about the carcass, likening it to a woman, as previously mentioned. Later in the poem, Baudelaire takes the blason a step further: the speaker departs from his first comparison to proclaim that his lover will one day be like the carcass as well: “—And yet you will be like this corruption, / Like this horrible infection” (37-38). He uses various terms of endearment, including “Star of my eyes” and “sunlight of my being” to gild his words (39). While the terms of endearment may sound like flattery, in truth, the speaker’s true message is his lover’s death and decomposition.
The Masque of the White Plague Humans tend to run away from the inevitable, which causes worry about the events to come. Although death is an event that all will eventually have to face, it is one of humanity’s most widely feared phenomenons. Death presents itself to society in a variety of ways, such as war, disease, and natural disasters. Society’s fear of death is an inspiration for many authors who have turned it into a work reflecting humans’ temporal nature and fear of the unknown. Edgar Allan Poe is a quintessential example of literary reflection of human mortality, as his short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” reflects the tuberculosis epidemic of the nineteenth century.