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1. Poe was a master "wordsmith." Through carefully chosen diction he is able to create a psychological effect on his reader. What effect did his description of "Red Death," in the very first paragraph of the story, have on you? Quote those details that provoke this response from you.
I thought about some type of plaque. “Sharp pain…dizziness... Bleeding at the pores…” 2. Why does Poe rely heavily on imagery to provide a detailed description of Prospero's hall?
To show how specific and how much great detail paid into decorating the place. 3. "He had come like a thief in the night." Where in literature is this allusion taken from? What is the significance of the allusion? You may need to put the expression into a search engine in order to find the source of the allusion.
Both verses are from the bible and are referring to the coming of Jesus. 4. The most featured word throughout the story is blood, yet Poe has carefully chosen it to represent horror. Find two passages in the story, where the word blood is used to describe the color. Substitute a word of your choosing and write the passage. Is the passage as effective with your substitution? Why or why not?
But in this chamber only, the color of the windows failed to go (correspond) with the decorations. The planes here were scarlet- a deep blood color.
But within the western or black chamber the effect of the ire-light that streamed onto the dark hangings through the blood-tinted panes, was ghostly (ghastly) in the extreme, and produced so wild a look upon the countenances of those who entered, that there were few of the company bold enough to set foot within its precincts at all.
In the first one I chose I don’t think I was able to be as effective as Poe. Poe is very careful in choosing his words and was very specific to create a certain feel. In the second one I think I was as effective because the…...

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