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2 Different Stories By Poe," Masque Of Red Death" & "Fall Of Usher House"

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Although The Masque of the Red Death and The Fall of the House of Usher are written in different view points, the fact that each method works well for each story is true because third-person helps to better oversee all the events taking place, first-person gives a heightened sense of intensity, and if each stories' view point was switched then the two stories would not be the timeless classics that they are today.The Masque of the Red Death, written by Edgar Allen Poe in the third-person point of view, is a horror fiction story where a prosperous and flashy king decides to keep his friends and family inside his of abbey in order to protect them from a Tuberculosis outbreak. The setting is ...view middle of the document...

This can send chills up and down readers' spines for the mere fact that some authors', such as Poe, descriptions and explanations are so intense and in depth that it feels like they are actually a part of the story. Readers of The Fall of the House of Usher are let into the mind of the narrator; they can feel his feelings, hear his thoughts, and see his sights.The point of view Poe chose for each of these stories well fits the plots of each. In The Masque of the Red Death, many people and many sights need to be seen in order to get the full effect of Poe's writing. They need to overlook the entire abbey so they can get a good idea of the energy that was felt in each of the rooms and a feeling of adrenaline that is felt by each and every one of the people that noticed the masked being as the Red Death. If the first-person was used in this story, the reader wouldn't have felt their heart drop as much as it did when they oversaw the partygoers realize the masked figure was indeed the Red Death.Poe chose the first-person viewpoint for The Fall of the House of Usher for good...

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