Edgar Allen Poe's The Masque Of The Red Death

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The Masque of the Red Death is a short story written by Edgar Allen Poe. In this story there is a disease called the Red Death wiping out the entire countryside, so the prince, in order to save himself, he stocks up on food and water and he closes his gate to his castle, so the Red Death cannot get in. After several months, he throws a masquerade party. He decorates seven rooms each in their own color. Going from east to west they are blue, purple, green, orange, white, and violet. The seventh room is black and red and contains a clock that tolls every hour. The toll is so loud that it distracts everyone including the orchestra. At midnight, a guest appears looking like a victim of the Read Death dressed in funeral shroud. The prince is very…show more content…
This work of text doesn't have a rebirth and it does not avoid a tragic downfall. The antagonist wins in the end. The reason is because this poem is an allegory or a sybolistic poem. In the interlude, he tells us of how some works of text use illusions and that these are very deliberate and serve a purpose. Edgar Allen Poe uses a lot of lateral thinking and allusions. For example in this short story, he alludes to Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” as the princes in both share the same name and many traits. He also alluded to the bible multiple times. This is exactly what Thomas C. Foster said was going on in all books. In this chapter of How to Read Like a Professor, Thomas C. Foster tells us that many works of text if not all use heavy symbolism. There is a lot of symbolism in The Masque of the Red Death. The king symbolizes life and prosperity and the Red Death symbolizes death. The rooms symbolize each stage of life with the last being death. They rooms are stationed east to west because that is the way the sun moves during the day. The entire poem is allegory symbolizing that no matter how rich or prosperous you are, you are going to to die, so share it with others instead of being locked
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