Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's ' The Masque Of The Red Death '

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In Edgar Allan Poe 's short story "The Masque of the Red Death", the plague has devastated Prince Prospero 's kingdom, leaving most of the population dead or infected. The Prince responds to this tragedy by securing himself, and one thousand of the most regal lords and ladies, in a castellated abbey; this their attempt to escape death themselves, however, they are aware that this cannot be done. The dread of this inevitable death is displayed symbolically and through the vivid language used by Poe. The abbey contains seven chambers each of which symbolizes a different stage in a person 's life. Within the most heinous room stands a grand ebony clock; this is a symbol that time moves in one direction and towards the inevitable fate of death. As death draws near, the revelers become aware of their unfortunate fate by way of a masked figure who stands as the embodiment of the "Red Death." In the story, death and evil are recurring themes and remind us of the constant dysphoria the characters are faced with.
As the Prince and his thousand lords and ladies are entertained at a masked ball, they dance amongst the lively rooms, all but one. The seven extravagant rooms are each decorated differently and all painted bright, lovely and inviting colors; the seventh room, however, is painted black and blood red. These rooms all symbolize something different; each of the seven suites can be connected to The Seven Stages of Man as presented by William Shakespeare in his play As You Like…

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