The Pit And The Pendulum And Masque Of The Red Death

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Parties… to Die for! Tom Danner Mrs. Phillips / American Literature and Composition 10 Romantic Reading/ “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Masque of the Red Death” October 16, 2014 On my honor as a Brentwood Academy student, I have neither given nor received help on this assignment. I pledge that the work and ideas in this paper, unless otherwise cited, are mine alone. X_______________________________________________________ Purpose Statement: To write a 900 word analytical essay over Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories, “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Masque of the Red Death” Outline I. Introductory Paragraph A. Death is an important theme in Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories, “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Masque of the Red Death”. B. The narrator in “The Pit and the Pendulum” and Prince Prospero from “The Masque of the Red Death”, both face a similar problem, dying, but the two men meet opposite fates by the conclusion of their respective stories. C. In both “The Pit and the Pendulum”, and in “The Masque of the Red Death”, the main characters face the possibility of dying, but in “The Masque of the Red Death”, Price Prospero cannot escape his inevitable fate and ends up dead like all his guests. This is contrasted by Poe’s other story, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, where the narrator is inexplicably saved at the eleventh hour. II. Body Paragraph 1: In “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Masque of the Red Death” the characters both try to prevent

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