Symbolism In Yann Martel’s Life Of Pi And Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque Of The Red Death

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In Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi, and in Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death symbolism is key;symbolism in each classic story helps the reader understand both the differences and similarities. The authors utilized the representation of diverse subjects to illustrate the theme. Taking into consideration the characteristics of each narrative, both have contrasts. There themes and symbolisms are different yet similar. Both pieces represent symbolism in unique ways.
In Life of Pi there are multiple techniques of symbolism represented. Pi, himself is a symbol. He represents religion,strength, and bravery by surviving. The character of Pi is young and afraid which also feeds from the ...view middle of the document...

The disease drives people insane, The black room is also a powerful symbol. It impersonates death;the guests are startled; they are afraid of dyings. The room taunts the guests;fills them with curiosity and fear that they cannot explain; just as most people feel about death. The castle itself represents safety and protections. Protection from the illness;protection from reality. The castle seems like one massive party but really it is procrastination of death. The castle cannot protect the guest’s thought; the clocks remind the guests that their time of living is running short. The clock represents time. Time is the scariest aspect of the story. Everyone dreads the ding of the chime; because it is a reminder of death; and ugly and tragic death. The most important symbolism in this piece is the red masque; it represents everything;fear, time and death. When the read masque appears;death is near;time is out and people are anxious. All of the symbolic aspects tie into the subject of the red masque.
Each story acquires symbolic strengths possessing the ability to link the themes together. In the Life of Pi fear is represented openly by the tiger; similar how the red masque represents dark death. Both stories possess a symbolic element that drive the plot or the main idea. The written works both hold a symbol of safety(shelter); that keeps a character or characters safe from fear;whether it be a tiger or a disease. Each story has an element of fear. Fear is a represented symbol that holds the two stories together. If it wasn’t fear these two written works there would be no base for the theme to develop an the characters to grow. Also each story acquires the will to survive. The characters in each piece are both fighting for survival. They want to be beat whatever type of fear that is in their way.
Life of Pi and The Masque of the Red Death do have contrasting concepts of symbolism. The Masque of the Red Death is symbolic to death; everyone dies at the end; they lost the battle of fear. People’s actions were symbolic to their consequences in Allan’s short...

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