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Use Of Irony In The Masque Of The Red Death

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No one can defeat Death There once was a young woman, who strived to be immortal, this caused her to bind herself away from the world for years. She decided one day that she had conquered death by changing her fate and goes to venture the town where she met a strange man, who insults her, filled with anger she decides to go after him where she faces death. A very similar situation is portrayed in “The Masque of the Red Death” with the character Prince Prospero, who believes that he has changed his fate by locking himself in his palace for years but this doesn’t end well for him as he faces death in his own home. In “The Masque of the Red Death”, written by Edgar Allen Poe, irony and symbolism to is used prove that death is inevitable. To start off, the author, uses the message to help convey irony. For example, as the party has started,…show more content…
A great example of this would be, when “And then, for a moment, all is still, and all is silent save the voice of the clock,” (392). With each clock ring it symbolized that time is ending and death may be near. The silence is all around due to the guests scared and wondering if they are about to face death as the sound of the clock roars thorough the hallway. Furthermore, the apartments played a great part as well, “These panes here were scarlet – deep blood color” (391). The deep blood color showing the color related to death. This also might be showing the splatter of blood on the windows. Throughout the story symbolism is used very evidently and purposely. Symbolism and irony is used a variety of time across the story. These literary devices help convince the idea of behind this story Throughout the story his human nature is expressed with these literary devices but his character doesn’t develop into dynamic character, he remains flat. Edgar Allan Poe was successful in conveying that death can’t be escaped as much as someone
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