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What Is The Ebony Clock Symbolize In The Masque Of The Red Death

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Unnerving, spooky, disturbing, frightful… All common characteristics of a hauntingly terrific tale by the famous Edgar Allan Poe. His story “The Masque of the Red Death” brought a grotesque taste to the horror genre throughout the 19th century with the use of literary devices. To summarize, Poe’s story discussed, in detail, the horrifying inevitability of death, which reveal the value of a device known as symbolism used by Poe in this literary work. As people are familiar with, Poe’s psychological weaknesses spurred his creativity to which he poured his problems into Gothic Literature, and he produced these unforeseen symbols as pawns of his life. In this popular short story, subtle objects are manipulated to reflect Edgar Allan Poe’s misfortunes. Symbolism is used throughout his short years of living as a narrative device for his eerie publications. Within this composition, I will be justifying how Poe’s influence on the use of symbolism constructed a disturbed and almost misleading…show more content…
“There strikes the ebony clock… for the night is waning away; and there flows a ruddier light through the blood-colored panes; and the blackness of the sable drapery appals; and to him whose foot falls upon the sable carpet, there comes from the near clock of ebony…” (4) wrote Poe. Undoubtedly, enjoyment is stolen from the guests at the mere sound of a clock, or otherwise the sound of their slowing heartbeat. This ebony clock is the metronome to the extent of their lives. Furthermore, “But now there were twelve strokes to be sounded by the bell of the clock; and thus it happened… (5) was written at the demise of the characters. This clock’s eerie chiming on the hour prepared a frequent reminder that time is flying that their lives are growing dimmer with the time, and finally, death has
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