Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's The Masque Of The Red Death Essay

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Another brilliant author was brought about in the 19th century during the Romantic Era where he used a mesmerizing Gothic tone to illustrate his famous themes of love and death. Edgar Allan Poe was a short story writer and a poet who was known to be one of first critics to primarily focus on the style effects and structure in the literary movement during this time period (“Edgar Allan Poe”). The American Literature pieces The Gold-Bug and Other Tales and The Raven and Other Favorite Poems perfectly portray Poe’s gruesome Gothic thoughts and pieces of work. In his famous story “The Masque of the Red Death” is where we can perfectly see Poe’s portrayal of the nature of life and death, which was seen as common during this Era. We can see him carefully working around the setting to illustrate that no matter how rich you are death is inevitable. We also see him using the manner of the suite in this castle as an allegory of life and death. He depicts the clock of ebony as a way to represent the passing time of life itself while he describes the different stages of human life through the use of the different colors within the rooms as well as the position in which they lie. The story states, “That at the eastern extremity was hung, for example, in blue—and vividly blue were its windows” (Poe 58). Here we see Poe highlighting on the word “eastern.” He does this as a clue that he arranged the colors and rooms from East to West, East representing the beginnings of life, or birth,…

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