Edgar Allan Poe's The Masque, The Pit And The Pen

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Edgar Allan Poe Essay Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque and the Red Death”, “The Raven”, and “The Pit and the Pendulum” are just three of Poe’s many stories. His stories are full of darkness, depression, and death. Poe is the best gothic writer because of his use of the 4 S’s. His use of the 4 S’s really help the story come to life. In “The Raven” Poe’s use of the 4 S’s really complete the poem. “Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.””(48) That quote, when the raven speaks is out of the ‘norm’, falls into the category of sensationalism. “While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping…..”(3) In this quote the narrator is in a groggy state of mind, a qualification for sensualism. “” Respite¬—respite and nepenthe, from thy memories of Lenore!…show more content…
For Satanism in stanzas 11 and 12 the narrator starts to question whether or not the raven is from heaven or hell. In “The Masque of the Red Death” the 4 S’s are a big part of the story.” But the Prince Prospero was happy and dauntless and sagacious. 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.”(7-10) This is an example of sadism. Prince Prospero takes his friends and lets everybody outside fall to the red death. He’s mocking death by believing he is more powerful than death by…show more content…
I felt that I lay upon my back unbound. I reached out my hand, and it fell heavily upon something damp and hard. There I suffered it to remain for many minutes, while I strove to imagine where and what I could be. I longed, yet dared not, to employ my vision. I dreaded the first glance at objects around me. It was not that I feared to look upon things horrible, but that I grew aghast lest there should be NOTHING to see. At length, with a wild desperation at heart, I quickly unclosed my eyes. My worst thoughts, then, were confirmed.”(59-64) This is an example of sensualism because the narrator is just waking up and in a groggy state of mind. An example of sensationalism would be when they take the narrator into a torture chamber because its over the top and in a gothic excessive nature. For sadism an example would be that the narrators captors are getting pleasure from his plain and having power over him. An example for Satanism would be that it is against morals to lock someone in a room and torture

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