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In " The Masque of Red Death" By Edgar Poe, list examples of metaphors and similies.

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rubzyy | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 7, 2012 at 12:52 AM via web

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In " The Masque of Red Death" By Edgar Poe, list examples of metaphors and similies.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 7, 2012 at 2:16 AM (Answer #1)

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While imagery is most prevalent in “The Masque of the Red Death,” similes and metaphors are also used.

One example of a simile is found on page 6 of the enotes etext, where Death’s mask is described as “corpse-like” and horrifying.  When Death’s presence is acknowledged, they note that “he had come like a thief in the night” (6).

An example of a metaphor is when the party room is described as “a strong and lofty wall girdled it in” (4).  The walls are compared to a girdle, which is an interesting metaphor because girdles are used by vain people to make themselves look better, and the prince is definitely vain.

Another example of a metaphor is, “but these other apartments were densely crowded, and in them beat feverishly the heart of life” (5).  This metaphor also matches the color imagery, and the red and blood imagery used throughout the story.

 

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