An Inside Look : Short Stories By Edgar Allan Poe And The Masque Of The Red Death

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An Inside Look: Short Stories There are many components within a single short story. As with any piece of work, there are many factors at play behind the scenes which often go unnoticed. Although these things are overlooked, they play a crucial role in the story as a whole. When we take a step back and look at the entire picture we are able to gain an inside look at the work and appreciate the author’s intentions. The two short stories I have chosen to evaluate are “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Masque of the Red Death” both written by Edgar Allan Poe. There are many parts of a short story which may be analyzed. I have chosen to evaluate the narrator character type and use of imagery in these two short stories by Poe. LiteraryDevices defines imagery as “to use figurative language to represent objects, actions and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical senses” (“Imagery”). I prefer a lot of detailed imagery in a story. When there is no imagery, or limited imagery, I find myself losing interest in the story. An author’s ability to use words that take my mind to another place often determines whether or not I enjoy, or sometimes even finish, a story. This is because without this aid from the author I find it nearly impossible to completely immerse myself in a story the way I would like to. When I read, I prefer it to be a complete experience with everything else in life on pause for a period of time. In “The Fall of the House of Usher” Edgar Allan Poe…

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