The Masque of the red death

The Masque of the red death

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  • Prince Prospero's Mascarade ball is a symbol. It symbolizes everyone trying to forget the "red death" and trying to become sucluded to its presence. They want to have a good time, but without specifically making it about that. He wanted to provide a sense of security among the walls of his castle to help the people hold onto hope. In the short story Poe says that the appliances of pleasure that he has provided to the party give the people a sence of securtiy within, without is the "Red death."
  • The Black and Scralet room is a symbol. It symbolizes the coming of the Red death. In the short story it mentions that no one will set foot in the room unless they are bold enough. This means, unless you are brave enough to face death then you won't go in to the room of black and scarlet.
  • The Ebony Clock is a symbol. Every time it makes a noise we are reminded of the time that we have left. The "red death" will eventually come, and the ebony clock will just keep ticking and reminding us that we all will come to an end very soon. In the short story Poe adds that the clang that the clock makes to indicate the hour stops the music that plays and every one at the ball stops in disconcert. Then once it stops they all go about their gay buisness.
  • Prince Prospero is a symbol. When inviting only wealthy knights and ladies to his castle at the expense of peasants and commoners the Prince symbolizes the socioeconomic divide between landowners and peasants that existed during the feudalistic period.
  • The Allegory is evident within the story, as long as a know a thing or two about Poe. Because of his grating background we can surmise that he wrote this story to represent the death, hurt, and wrong that was done in his life. The "red death" I think overall stands to be the disease that ruined most of his family; Tuberculosis. When Poe, at the very end of the story, says,"...and the red death held illimitable dominon over all." We can infer that he is refering to the diseaase that ruined his life.
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