Fall of House of Usher and Masque of the red death

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How does The fall of the house of Usher and The masque of the red death reflect poe's life.

-- Anonymous, May 21, 2001


It is well to be very careful here. Mostly they reflect Poe's storytelling theory and tastes and the gothic tradition in contemporary literature. He was VERY reticent about injecting himself consciously into his works other than a hidden joking reference reference or two such as similar facial features(Usher).

That said the constant theme of a mind beseiged by decay and death, trying to escape its inner hauntings through art or artifice, striving for the Ideal but threatening to fall into dark calamity, does seem to espress his life's quest in short. the stories were written as entertainment surely and by no means was Poe's world view so fantastic and dark always. Articles on his life, on those stories in the Poe Decoder website or www.eapoe.org.

-- Anonymous, May 22, 2001

I need a list of metaphors in Edgar Poe's story" The mask of the red death"

-- Anonymous, May 28, 2001

REd room = sex Black = phleam yellow = urine

-- Anonymous, February 24, 2004

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