Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's ' They Who Dream '

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Edward Sayers Mr. Hunt English 1302 August 9th 2014 Edgar Allen Poe’s Take on Day Dreaming Ideas, thoughts, and past experiences that bring images are dreams. Edgar Allan Poe wrote, “They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream by night.” When Poe says this he is trying to tell you that some who day dream might be living in a whimsical fantasy where they are stronger than in reality. They live better in their dreams because that’s what they want in reality. Most of the people who day dream are often faced with grim characters in nightmares. Poe portrays these elements in both of these literary pieces. In their “day dreaming” lives, the prosperous characters act as if they do not know what is going on because they feel a false sense of strength . The other characters that go about life day dreaming are psychologically traumatized. It is evident in Poe’s stories “The Masque of the Red Death” and “The Black Cat” that day dreaming masks the true evils and causes one to horrifyingly unwise in reality. Edgar Allen Poe first depicts how day dreaming can affect you in “The Masque of the Red Death” through Prince Prospero who lived in a fantasy where his wealth could over power death. It is obvious that he felt this way because he threw a masquerade, invited his “hale and light-hearted” friends and locked the gates of his palace as to lock the “Red Death” plague out. In the beginning of the story, the narrator shows how the Prince used his

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