Edgar Allen Poe's The Masque Of The Red Death

605 Words3 Pages
Edgar Allen Poe wrote the short story “The Masque of the Red Death.” Poe wrote the story with a literal and allegorical meaning. The story is referring to the disease named the Red Death which has already killed half of the kingdom. The Prince had decided to let the kingdom take care of itself while he and his favorite people locked themselves in a castle. After a while in his stay the prince decides to host a masquerade ball. During the description of the masquerade ball Poe uses objects, colors, and characters that are symbolic. Edgar made use of the seven deadly sins, seven stages of man, and seven stages of life. Throughout the story, major symbols were representations of the seven stages of life by the use of colors. Poe also used a clock, Prince Prospero, and the masqueraders as symbols in many different situations.…show more content…
The colors blue, purple, green, orange, white, violet and black represent the beginning of the day through midnight just as they are on a spectrum. The fifth room was white and the sixth violet. Poe wrote “The fourth was furnished and lighted with orange-the fifth with white- the sixth with violet. (342)” All of the rooms were lined from bottom to top in their color, this was done to dramatize the stage of each part of your life. The white room could represent the binding of sunlight at noon, but also means purity in the stages of life. Although the violet room could represent grace and elegance in the stages of life, but as well as the sun
Open Document