An Analysis Of Edgar Allen Poe 's ' Masque Of The Red Death '

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Dreams vs. Reality
A person who could be homeless and starving for, let’s say, three days are still as close to death as someone who owns millions of dollars and has everything they’ve ever wanted. Most may think that the homeless are way closer to death, however, Edgar Allen Poe is trying to say that death will always be around and it can strike in a matter of seconds whether you see it coming or not. In “Masque of the Red Death,” Poe develops the theme of death always being around through every stage of your life. He shows this through symbolization of many things in the story, the masked visitor, and the clock in the black room.
When the story first starts describing the seven colored rooms and its arrangement, they seemed like the stages of life. "That at the eastern extremity was hung, for example, in blue --and vividly blue were its windows. The second chamber was purple in its ornaments and tapestries, and here the panes were purple. The third was green throughout, and so were the casements. The fourth was furnished and lighted with orange --the fifth with white --the sixth with violet. The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls, falling in heavy folds upon a carpet of the same material and hue...The panes here were scarlet --a deep blood color.” (76-77) Each room has its own meaning to life and how it’s viewed. “These windows were of stained glass whose color varied in accordance with the…

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