Theme Of Death In Edgar Allan Poe Death

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Death in Edgar Allan Poe's short stories
"Death" is one of the well-known themes of Edgar Allan Poe's art, in which the author captures the physical signs, decomposition, the sensation of feeling buried alive, the reanimation of the death or the mourning. Most of the works of Edgar Allan Poe have a dark atmosphere, full of mystery. These works illustrate the dramatic events, explores the dark side of human relationships and offer visions of the sublime. The works explore the tragedy that brings one to the edge of madness where nothing seems real, the place where the soul disintegrates, leaving only the essence of a life unfulfilled bitter. "Poe was a master of the Gothic horror tale, although many might not as readily be aware that he did not invent Gothic fiction"
The goal of this essay is to compare instances of death in the two works that I have selected: "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The
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No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avator and its seal — the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution." [page 1, 1st paragraph]
A similarity that could be seen in these two works is that the protagonists both kill innocent victims; in "The Masque of the Red Death", the protagonist kills an innocent man because of his own paranoia, because of the old man's "evil" eye; in "The Tell-Tale Heart", the protagonist Prince Prospero murders his people by not showing any type of affection and by being greedy: he throws a luxurious party for his friends ["...he summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court (, ] while letting his innocent people suffer. The prince has the fortune to help them, but he does not do it. Even the name "Prospero" shows prosperity, fortune, power, money or even

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