Comparing The Black Cat And The Masque Of The Red Death

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“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” Poe believed that a story had to have the reality of horror with in. All of his stories had gothic horror in them. Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories, “The Black Cat” and “The Masque of the Red Death” are good examples of gothic literature because they involve paranormal activity, insane characters, and terrifying deaths. Poe’s short story, “The Black Cat”, uses death and paranormal to show it is an example of gothic literature. In this short story, Poe uses the component, death, as an example of gothic literature, when the activity of the black cat persuades the narrator to kill his wife. Poe describes the narrator saying, “I withdrew my arm from her…show more content…
In this short story, Poe uses a decaying setting in a castellated abbey away from the rest of the town where he brought only his friends. Poe explains, “When his dominions were half depopulated, he summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court, and with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his castellated abbeys”(1). The plague was reaching everyone, so the prince decided to bring his friends up to his castle to party while the people in the town are getting sick and dying. Not only did “The Masque of The Red Death” use a decaying setting as a characteristic in the story, but also Poe uses darkness as another characteristic throughout the story. Poe describes the seven rooms in the Prince’s castle, and how each one is a different color and theme. Poe illustrates, “But in the western or black chamber the effect of the fire-light that streamed upon the dark hangings through the blood-tinted panes, was ghastly in the extreme, and produced so wild a look upon the countenances of those who entered, that there were few of the company bold enough to set foot within its precincts at all”(1). Poe uses many characteristics in his short story, “The Masque of The Red Death,” that show it is a gothic
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