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

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Proving Allegory in “The Masque of the Red Death” “The Masque of the Red Death” is an allegory written by Edgar Allan Poe. Poe was an American writer who wrote short stories about mysteries and horror. This allegory is about a plague called “The Red Death” spreading throughout a city. A noble prince invites all of the city’s wealthiest people into his secure abbey to save them from the plague. In this abbey all of the guests are protected from getting sick until one evening when the giant clock struck midnight at the prince’s masquerade ball. At the ball a figure appears and it was wearing a mask that looked like a “stiffened corpse”. The prince furiously ran through the seven rooms of the abbey after the intruder. Once the prince had stopped in the seventh room he fell to the floor and died. After the prince had died all of the guests in the abbey began to die too. In “The Masque of the Red Death”, Edgar Allan Poe uses symbols like the seven rooms, the clock, and the person in the mask to convey the moral that death will always find man no matter what he does or who he is. The seven rooms throughout the abbey represent different stages of life to present the moral of the story. These rooms are each colored differently. The colors of the rooms in order are blue, purple, green, orange, white, violet, and black. The first room is located in the east, this room symbolizes birth because the sun rises in this direction (Milne 237). The second room is the purple room, purple…

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