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The use of irony and personification are techniques that writers often use that may take only a few paragraphs or 5 pages to describe An event that is frequently used in these short stories to these two methods is death The Pardoners Tale The Masque of the Red Death and Appointment in Samarra are all examples of when an author uses death to fill the reader with wonder and surprise In the short story The Pardoners Tale by Chaucer there were three men who were filled with immorality and thrived on cursing drinking and gambling They were told of a man by the name of Death who was terrorizing the countryside and murdering great amounts of people When the gamblers heard of this they promised to end this mans terror and kill him They went searching and in their journey they came upon a great amount of gold At that point they manufactured a plan so that they could keep the money without anyone noticing that they had come upon such a great wealth So they drew straws and the gambler with the shortest straw was to go into the town and make sure everything was alright The man left and the other two that stayed with the gold decided that they were going to kill their friend that had went into town therefore they could split his share equally At this same time the man in the town was buying poison to distribute to his partners so they would die and he could take their gold The short story ends with the one many being killed by his friends and them drinking the poison unknowingly It shows irony with all three men deciding to kill each other and the personification is the death in the form of a murderer Also one might see the gold as the murderer that caused greed and took their lives The second short story Appointment in Samarra by Somerset
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