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Edgar Allan Poe the founder of detective stories the master of manipulating the issue of death and whose tales are filled with all kinds of symbols allegories that conveys the authors concepts about life He his equipped with thoughtful cautious analysis ability and sufficient imagination Poe was born in 1809 In his personal life he had had many encounters with death starting with the death of his biological mother adoptive mother and ending with the death of his beloved wife Virginia Although a serious of losses made Poe become a neurotic person however that was also the motive power of Poes creation and the reason why Poe often discussed the issue of death in his tales In Anthology of American Literature Colonial Through Romantic McMichael points out Poe has often seemed an embodiment of the satanic characters of his own fictionqtd in Rose 727 This perfectly explains that Poes works reveal the environmental influences on his character In the following study will therefore examine the issue of death and symbols in Poes tales in The Masque of the Red Death The Black Cat and The Fall of the House of Usher which related to his personal experiences and concepts about life First of all The Masque of the Red Death is a tale mainly about Prospero a prince who wants to escape form a deadly disease that gave people red skin invites his friends staying in his magnificent castle and locks the doors so no one could bring the disease in In case of being bored the prince held a masquerade party for his friends one night He decorated each of his seven rooms in different colors form blue to black and in the position from east to west However at that night an unknown masked figure appeared wearing all red After the masked figures appearance people at the party began to fall ill of the deadly disease Finally the figure moved through those seven
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