Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death” uses graphic imagery to offer a powerful statement about how death can’t be escaped. Poe's narrator describes the "Red Death" as having long devastated the country; “In fact, no pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal--the redness and the horror of blood” (1). The image of blood and time throughout the short story also indicates corporeality. The plague may, in fact, represent typical attributes of human life and mortality by implying the entire story is an allegory about a man's useless tries to getaway from death.
This establishes how paradise was lost. "To mortal men, he with his horrid crew Lay vanquished, rolling in the fiery gulf Confounded though immortal. But his doom Reserved him to more wrath; for now the thought Both of lost happiness and lasting pain Torments him; round he throws his baleful eyes, That witnessed huge affliction and dismay Mixed with obdurate pride and steadfast hate" (8). God gave Lucifer the appearance of a serpent, and called that serpent Satan. Satan, unable to rise from chaos, built a palace that was called Pandemonium (5).
During that time period, the Plague, or “Red Death” rampaged Europe, killing people in multitudes. Poe describes Prince Prospero’s hiding as such, “There were buffoons, there were improvisatori, there were ballet-dancers, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine. All these and the security were within. Without was the ‘Red Death’” (Masque of Red Death 1). Poe’s obvious distaste for the wealthy is represented through this quote.
For having killed his own brother Abel out of pure jealous rage, Cain's clan was banished by the Creator, who “had outlawed /and condemned [his descendents] as outcasts” of society to reside only in the miserable company of other monsters (106-7). IN a world where the mead hall was the center of society and the source of both wealth and community, Grendel is left on the outskirts and unwelcome within the warm walls. For years, he lurked alone, hearing “the din of the loud banquet … in the hall” (88-9), pacing in the marshes night after night, forced to listen to the music, the stories, the laughter taunting him, until he ... ... middle of paper ... ... see before he dies, bidding Wiglaf to bring him his share, so he might feast his eyes one last time (2745-2750). However, where as the monsters of the text are viewed as evil forces of man's downfall, Beowulf is honored in death. Perhaps instead of maintaining the christian influence of the soul being the sum of the actions and salvation being achievable through repentance alone, the anonymous writer aspires to the idea of a balance between the good and bad within a person.
Grendel attacks the danes who are asleep in the mead hall, the sound of the danish warriors jubilant activities made him angry, some say it made his blood boil. So late into the night when when all the merriment was gone and all the music and laughter had stopped, he snuck in and heinously murdered all the danish warriors in their sleep. In the 2005 flick misguidedly named, “Beowulf and Grendel” Grendel was portrayed as the protagonist instead of the antagonist. He watched his father die in a hail of flaming tar and arro... ... middle of paper ... ...ur verse six of the bible. It was determined that it was time beowulf learned to be grateful and less self centered, Which is why as he went into battle with Grendel's mother, his divine power seemed to vanish and only his chainmail seemed to protect from the fearsome blows Grendel's mother’s razor sharp claws.
The third murder was outright moralless and unnecessary, he compulsively killed Macduff’s wife and children. Macbeth shows no remorse in his murders, he becomes an absolute monster towards the end of the play. As Macbeth loses his human morales, hallucinations appear to remind him of the sins he
This is a symbol of not only how scary the room was, but also to not many being comfortable with the idea of death. The next symbol used in the story is the clock that also resided within the black room. With each passing hour, "there came from the brazen lungs of the clock a sound which was clear and loud and deep and exceedingly musical” (Poe, 206). The sounds of these bells after each hour brought silence amongst the rooms. This symbolizes the coming of death, and with each passing hour, one is closer to reaching that brink end.
“And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the gay. And the flames of the tripod expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.” (Poe). This quote, being the final three sentences of this piece, describe how it encompasses some of the attributes vital to a key piece of literature that defines Gothicism. The gothic literature era contains attributes that are generally dark, eerie, gruesome, and supernatural.
Hamlet, in a blind rage, kills the king with the poisoned sword and pours the poisoned wine down his throat. And then, in the biggest twist of fate yet, Hamlet declares a new king, and then he dies as well. The plotting, planning and madness surrounding the entire existence of Hamlet has led to the ultimate death of everyone, including
Because King Hamlet was murdered prior to repenting for his sins, he now faces an afterlife in hell. His ghost stated, “Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin. Unhouseled, disappointed, unaneled. No reckoning made, but sent to my account with all my imperfections on my head. Oh, horrible, oh, horrible, mot horrible!