Legend or the Sleepy Hollow and the Masque of the Red Death

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Edgar Allan Poe and Washington Irving are both enthralling writers. They both have unusual styles of writing but they are similar in some ways. The writers are comparable in the use of tone in their works. Irving‘s use of tone in his stories are typically optimistic, yet dramatic. Poe’s uses of tone in his stories are filled with horror and are also dramatic. Poe and Irving use different techniques to develop a complex meaning in their short stories. For instance, elements such as imagery, tone, and irony are placed in these stories contribute to make these stories intense. Imagery is a way of walking a person through mental visualizations, both stories use imagery. Irving is prominent for his use of descriptive imagery; his imagery…show more content…
(Page 1) “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” has different tones throughout the story. At the beginning the tone is somnolent yet peaceful, then the tone gets spooky slightly sarcastic, humorous, mocking and surreal. Irony is the use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning, the result of an action or situation, the reverse of what is expected. Irony is definitely essential in these two stories as it develops deeper levels of meaning. Both stories massively use irony. “The Masque of Red death” the whole story is practically irony; even the title foretells you there will be irony in the story. The situational irony is the palace rooms which represent the stages of life, from the first room to the last. Prospero sets up the castle to avoid the plague and he believes he can use his wealth to defend himself against the plague. They shorty realize that they cannot avoid death by isolating themselves in a castle. In the “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” dramatic irony is used quite a few times, first, the character Ichabod Crane desires himself as smart, attractive, and talented in dancing and singing. However the reader is well aware that in fact Ichabod’s appearance is foolish. His dancing is defined as “clattering.” The reader knows more truth concerning Ichabod than he realizes himself. “The old country wives, however, who are the best judges of these matters, maintain to this day that Ichabod was spirited away by supernatural means; and it is a favorite

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