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The Masque Of The Red Death Literary Analysis

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When it comes to reading literature the most challenging yet important task is to understand the purpose of the author's writing. In Romantic era literature understanding the emotions and thoughts that are created in the reader's mind are essential to gaining a clear message that the writer is trying to send. In Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death” the narrator immediately introduces the “Red Death”; a disease that has been spreading throughout Prince Prospero’s country; killing his people within half an hour of contracting the disease. Throughout the story the author continuously uses diction and syntax to create suspense and evoke a grim tone to the reader. In the “Masque of The Red Death” Poe produces fearful imagery in the reader's mind through creating a supernatural presence in the setting. From the beginning, Poe is using diction and syntax to create suspense and develope a dramatic mood. The story of Prince Prospero and his country is introduced during the peak of chaos, as the people of his nation are being devastated by the “Red Death”. The brutal and rapid death caused by this disease is devastating his nation, yet Prospero is unaffected as he decides to seclude himself from his citizens - with exception of a few workers and friends - in a protected mansion. “There were sharp pains, sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution.” (Poe, Edgar Allan. 1) In this sentence the use of commas to separate the
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