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August 31, 2009

EL 266 Poe- Masque of the Red Death

"There are some who would have thought him mad. His followers felt that he was not. It was necessary to hear and see and touch him to be sure he was not." (Poe)

Poe explored the depths of a hidden madness from within a fortress of walls. With his graphic detail of words, one can come to the conclusion as to what is going on, in the poem.Torture and innocence. I feel that Poe is trying to convey to his audience that every person has an evil side to them. I come to this conclusion, also, because Poe mentions the play Hernani. A play by Victor Hugo which is basically about deceit and lies. This poem is powerful due to it's careful use of wording.

August 27, 2009

EL 266 American Literature

"Such company, thou wouldst say," observed the elder person, interrupting his pause." (Hawthorne p.3) Young Goodman Brown.
The first stanza the young man is taking the unbeaten path. He basically is saying that he doesn't want to be like the other men in his family. Hawthorne wrote the line 'We have been a race of honest men and good Christians'. That tells me that he wants a life of his own. I think he is trifled between becoming a man or staying in his youth phase as a Puritan.The path would represent life. Take the good road, and he will do well. Take the bad, he will find himself in danger.
There is the pause between stanzas. The young man is on the path when all of a sudden he runs into an elderly man. One may say that he represents evil. Furthering his walk into the woods symbolized darkness, to me.