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 that of a large party; many rooms and people all together dancing, talking, and enjoying themselves. Since the story is written in the third-person, the reader can overlook all happenings and events in the entire abbey and occasionally see things that will happen before they actually do.

This can add excitement to stories such as this one. Knowing what is going to happen to whom and how gives a person the will to keep reading and discover what is going to happen next. If the reader knows the outcome, and the characters in the story do not, it makes for an interesting storyline. Just as in The Masque of the Red Death, readers knew that the masked person was there to take all of their lives via the Red Death, but nobody could really be sure of that while the grand party was going on.

The Fall of the House of Usher is another horror fiction story written by Edgar Allen Poe. It is set in a large, decaying, old house where many crazy...