Edgar Allan Poe - Ben Olson Dr Marn ENC 1102 24 March 2016 Edgar Allen Poe Style of Writing This paper will discuss and analyze three stories by Edgar

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Ben OlsonDr. MarnENC 110224 March 2016Edgar Allen Poe Style of WritingThis paper will discuss and analyze three stories by Edgar Allan Poe. The stories are “Masque of the Red Death”, “ The Pit and the Pendulum”, and “Cask of Amontillado”. It will include how he uses horror, death, and mystery to express his ideas.It seems Edgar Allan Poe’s writings were influenced by his life. Poe lost both of his parents at the age of two. His mother died and his father left. Edgar was put into foster care and tried numerous ways of life. Eventually, he left his foster father (never officially adopted), and that’s when writing became part of his life. Most of Poe’s work is said to have been written while he was under the influence of alcohol and opium. Poe ended up marrying a lady named Virginia. She was a star in his life and she ended up dying of Tuberculosis, just like his mother, in 1847. Edgar’s mental and physical health started declining after her death, and he died mysteriously in 1849. The first writing that will be discussed and analyzed is Masque of the Red Death. The story was written using terror, horror, and disgust. “Blood was its Avatar and its seal --the redness and the horror of blood” (Poe, E. A. 1842). This story was quite interesting as it depicts the weakness that humans have to evade death. A man named Prince Prospero, a wealthy ruler during times of castles and knights, is using his abbey to avoid a deadly plague known as Red Death. Prospero means “financial prosperity”, and he wants to use his own wealth to hide from the Red Death. Prospero fills his castle so he is not alone, and there are about 1,000 partygoers in all. “When his dominions were half depopulated, he summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted friends fromamong the knights and dames of his court, and with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his castellated abbey” (Poe, E. A. 1842). He is hosting a masquerade party and retreating from the outside world and the deadly disease. There are seven rooms, color coordinated, except the last room. This last room is black, with red windows. Perhaps the red window represents blood as black represents death. The rooms are ordered from east to west, representing life as the sun rises in the east, and sets in the west at night. The night symbolizes death. The progression of the rooms running from east to west could symbolize a human’s life from birth to death. Even though it is said that Poe disliked allegory, it is allegorical writing to suggest that seven rooms represent life to death. The guests that Prospero has invited fear the last room just like they fear death. In the last room, there was an ebony clock. This clock would ring on the hour and it would echo through the whole abbey. When it rang, everybody would stop what they were doing. Theentertainers would stop playing music, the partygoers would stop talking and everyone would give attention to this clock. The hourly ringing was reminding the people of the passing of time almost as if death was imminent. “…
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