Edgar Allen Poe's The Masque Of The Red Death

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In this peer-reviewed article, the author discusses the possible reasoning behind Poe’s work The Masque of the Red Death to aid his medical students in their assignment. According to Hurley, the theme of death in Poe’s works may have been a result of his many experiences with deaths. Hurley states his belief that the death of Poe’s wife, Virginia, could have inspired his writing of The Masque of the Red Death. Hurley states that “Death-especially fear of it-is a recurring theme in Poe's work.” Hurley also discusses the details of The Masque of the Red Death and provides the reader with a slight look into the work. The author’s belief that the theme of death is abundant in many of Poe’s best works supports my argument that the theme is reoccurring in many of his poems. I plan to incorporate this source into my argument to support my thesis. This biographical source focuses on the personal and literary aspects of Edgar Allen Poe’s life. It discusses much of Poe’s own life and his motives behind many of his literary works. Poe…show more content…
The source states that “one of the most prominent themes that are visible in Poe’s gothic fiction is death.” The author describes how Poe uses creepy settings and circumstances in many of his works to carry out this theme. In his work “ The Fall of the House of Usher," Poe used the theme of death and horror to create a climax for the reader. The author uses details from the story to support his argument that death is an evident theme in Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.” This source would be helpful to my research because it specifies a certain work of Edgar Allan Poe that portrays the theme of death. This will support my thesis and aid me in my argument that death is a reoccurring theme in the poems of
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