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The Princes ball is a symbol. It symbolizes everyone trying to forget the "red death" and trying to become sucluded to its presence. They don't want it to seem like they're having a good time. Poe explains how the appliances of the pleasure that he had given to the party give the people a sense of security within, without it is the red death.
The black and red room is a symbol that explains the future. Also the coming of a red death. It says no one will set foot in the room unless they are bold enough. Unless you get over the fear of death, you cannot be in this room.
The Ebony clock is a symbol. When it ticks it reminds us the time we have left. The "red death" will come, and it will just keep ticking and reminds us that we will come to an end very soon. In the story Poe adds that the clang of the clock makes to indicate the hour stops the music that plays.
The prince himself is a symbol. He only invites knights and ladies who are wealthy to his castle. He symbolizes the socioeconomic divide between landowners and peasants. Which, existed during the period.
The apartments are also symobols. They symbolize the heart of life that beats feverishly. In the apartment contained the sounding of midnight upon the clock. This shows the feeling the apartments give off.
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