Analyzing 3 evident literary elements in Poe's short story "The Masque of the Red Death"; refer specifically to content, context, and structure (model essay for IB grade 11 English)
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Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death” is a masterpiece of Gothic fiction written in a style almost as ornate as the character and setting. The author uses a wide range of literary elements to create a vivid tapestry of complex imagery, bringing the story to life for the reader. Using a combination of skillful word choice, symbolism, characterization, setting and of course, irony, Poe creates a compelling tale with the same artistry as a painter does with his brush and palette.
The story opens with what seems to be a recounting of a past event; the third-person narrator describes how the Red Death (a disease) “had long devastated the country”....
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