The Masque Of The Red Death Compare And Contrast Essay

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I chose to write about the comparison of two of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories. The two stories that I chose to write about are “The Masque of the Red Death” and “The Fall of the House of Usher”. Both of these stories create and have a gothic mood to them, which draws you in as a reader. The story of the masque of the red death is written about the black plague that was spreading across Europe at the time, and the story of the fall of the house of usher is written about a sickness or a disease that affects the characters of the story. In Edgar Allen Poe’s story of the “The Masque of the Red Death “, it is narrated by an unknown onlooker within the castle itself. In both stories with the narrator being an onlooker or as an unnamed friend as in “The fall of the House of Usher” forces or draws the reader to feel a part of the story itself. “The Masque of the Red Death” is about a prince who is rich that invites a thousand of his close knights and people of nobility to his castle where he has it sealed up to keep the plague from reaching his guest and his self. Edgar Allan Poe made the rooms of the castle in this story to be bazaar with all seven chambers of the castle different colors that went in one direction from east to west representing a life cycle. The last chamber was colored black with red stained windows that represented the final stage of life or death. The prince and his guest did not dare to enter this chamber because they feared death and were terrified of the idea of it (2012). In this story the prince and his guest think that they are safe and have a masque ball, while at the party they drink and are having a good time not thinking of the plague that is ravishing the country around them nor the poor that are being stric...

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...ks that he has buried his twin sister alive. He says that the noises that they are hearing are in fact his sister trying to escape the tomb. In a hysterical state he yells saying that she is behind the door when suddenly she rushes in with bloody robes and attacks Roderick as she dies. Then Roderick is scared to death by fear (SparkNotes Editors 2002). As the unknown friend runs out of the house it collapses and crumbles to the ground. The theme of this story was that the house could represent the family in the sense that as the family tree dies with Roderick so does that of the house. Both stories main theme was about the fear of death from prince Prospero’s fear of death in the form of the plague to Roderick’s fear of death from the haunting of his house. The story of “The Fall of The House of Usher” is about revenge, revenge from the sister being buried alive.
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