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The Masque of the Red Death. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) Known for what type of literature? Horror, Suspense, Mystery, & Gothic.

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1 The Masque of the Red Death

2 ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Edgar Allan Poe ( ) Known for what type of literature? Horror, Suspense, Mystery, & Gothic

3 Elements of Gothic Fiction 1.Setting in a castle or large estate. – The action takes place in and around an old castle, sometimes seemingly abandoned, sometimes occupied. – The castle often contains secret passages, trap doors, secret rooms, dark or hidden staircases, and possibly ruined sections. – In some American Gothic fiction, the setting might be in an old house or mansion.

4 Elements of Gothic Fiction 2.An atmosphere of mystery and suspense. – The work is pervaded by a threatening feeling, a fear enhanced by the unknown.

5 Elements of Gothic Fiction 3.Supernatural or otherwise inexplicable events. – Dramatic, amazing events occur, such as ghosts or giants walking, or inanimate objects (such as a suit of armor or painting) coming to life. – In some works, the events are ultimately given a natural explanation, while in others the events are truly supernatural.

6 Elements of Gothic Fiction 4.High, even overwrought emotion. – The narration may be highly sentimental, and the characters are often overcome by anger, sorrow, surprise, and especially, terror. – Characters suffer from raw nerves and a feeling of impending doom.

7 Elements of Gothic Fiction 5.The metonymy of gloom and horror. – Metonymy is a subtype of metaphor, in which something (like rain) is used to stand for something else (like sorrow). – Examples of metonymy wind, especially howling rain, especially blowing footsteps approaching lights in abandoned rooms

8 Elements of Gothic Fiction 6.The vocabulary of the gothic. – The constant use of the appropriate vocabulary set creates the atmosphere of the gothic. Mystery Fear, Terror, or Sorrow Surprise Haste Anger Largeness

9 Other works by Poe include: CASK OF AMONTILLADO FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM ANNABEL LEE ELDORADO THE RAVEN THE TELL-TALE HEART

10 Literary Focus: Figurative Language Language enriched by word images and figures of speech – Designed to make the reader take an imaginative leap to understand the authors point. – Includes the use of similes, metaphors, personification, etc.

11 Figurative Language Dead Metaphor – Cliché – a phrase, expression or idea that has been overused to the point of losing its intended force or novelty. – Applies also to almost any situation, subject, characterization that has become overly familiar or commonplace. – Cliché in writing or speech can indicate a lack of creativity or sincerity.


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