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Insecurity from Security - ''Once Upon a Time'' Relation

Insecurity from Security - ''Once Upon a Time''Relation

If someone is insecure, it means that he or she is not confident, not sure, unprotected, or unsafe. The feeling of insecurity often leads to a heightening of security in order to ease that feeling. This is not always beneficial and can lead to mishaps and misfortune. Security breeds insecurity. A demonstration of this can been found in the stories “The Masque of the Red Death” and “Once Upon a Time”. In each story the heightening of security caused misfortune. Though the characters in the stories were attempting to create a secure environment, they made it hazardous because the security increase was too much too fast.

The authority figure in each story took security procedures whenever he or she felt threatened by the outside world. In the story “The Masque of the Red Death”, the prince changed locations because he felt threatened. He took people into his castle in order to attempt to protect them and himself. “They resolved to leave means neither of ingress nor egress to the sudden impulses of despair or of frenzy from within. The abbey was amply provisioned . With such precautions the courtiers might bid defiance to contagion. The external world cold take care itself. In the meantime it was folly to grieve, or to think. The prince had provided all the appliances of pleasure” (Poe 701-702). He was trying to create a secure atmosphere. The prince had the castle secured so that no one could leave or enter into the kingdom by keeping the outside world outside. The security procedures taken by the prince lead to misfortune in the kingdom. He took his relatives and friends into his castle but they were not allowed to leave and no one outside could enter. The people developed a feeling of imprisonment in the castle. The prince was trying to keep the plague from getting into the castle but his precautions failed. The plague was able to find its way into the castle and it led to the death of the prince.

In the story “Once Upon a Time,” the boy’s parents installed security devices for protection, because they had fear of their house being invaded by the evils of the big city. ...

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