Essay on Edgar Allan Poe 's The Red Death

837 Words Feb 10th, 2016 4 Pages
Edgar Allan Poe, who is a world known author, was born on 19 January 1809, and died on 7 October 1849, at the age of 40. In his life he published over 60 short stories and poems. As a child there was no consistency with his family life. His mother died of tuberculosis and his father disappeared at the age of 3. Then he moved on to a foster family where his foster mother also died of tuberculosis and he and his foster father did not get along. Later he married his cousin, and she also died of tuberculosis. His childhood is probably the main reason why all of his stories are dull, dark and similar like “The Cask of the Amontillado”, “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “Masque of the Red Death.”
The stories “The Cask of the Amontillado”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, and “The Masque of the Red Death” all have many similarities including that the setting is very isolated. In “The Fall of the House of Usher”, the narrator says, “I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country.” In “The Masque of the Red Death,” the story shows the setting is isolated by saying, “with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his castellated abbeys.” In addition, “The Cask of Amontillado” says, “I passed down a long and winding staircase, requesting him to be cautious as he followed. We came at length to the foot of the descent, and stood together upon the damp ground of the catacombs of the Montresor’s.” In all three of these stories the settings are…

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