Comparing The Masque Of The Red Death And There Will Come Soft Rains

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Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, District 12 Panem, Middle Earth—each of these places is woven through the central theme of each story, adding, twisting and embellishing the plot and the atmosphere through the intricate detail that is describing the setting. In the short stories “There Will Come Soft Rains,” “Two Friends,” and “The Masque of the Red Death,” each writer describes a setting that both equally paints a picture in the human mind and generates the goose bumps onto the reader. Ray Bradbury's story “There Will Come Soft Rains” concentrates on a highly technologically advanced house set into the not-so-far future that represents the self-destruction of humanity. “The morning house lay empty. The clock ticked on, repeating and repeating its sounds into the emptiness” (615). Through this quote the author is implying that the house is barren and uninhabited. Without any human characters in the story it…show more content…
“The seventh apartment apartment was closely shrouded in black… But in this chamber only… The panes here were scarlet” (Poe 84). Within this quote Edgar Allan Poe is describing the last of seven rooms, one entirely black except for red window panes. Through symbolism, these rooms represent the stages in our lives, the black depicting death. The author is trying to create an effect within the reader and that effect is supposed to be fear. Fear stimulates the mind and the air as the theme of the story is revealed through the setting. No one can escape death, no matter the precautions that you take. This eerie atmosphere is showed throughout the whole story precisely because of the author letting the setting speak for

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