Theme Of Symbolism In The Masque Of Red Death By Edgar Allan Poe

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Throughout the history of Edgar Allan Poe’s history of writing stories, there are multiple examples of symbolism. The examples of symbolism can vary from a lost friend to a hint at how the story may conclude. In stories, such as The Masque of Red Death, Black Cat and The Raven, there are many examples of symbolism. The many uses of symbolism are usually taken from parts of Poe’s own life. In The Masque of Red Death the symbolism is evident in the name of the story. The Masque of Red Death itself is a symbol for the black plague which killed a very large amount of Europeans in the 14th century. The story begins with a wealthy man, Prince Prospero throwing a “never ending party" (Poe) which involves all of his close friends, many knights and …show more content…
Throughout the entirety of this poem we learn about a man who has gone through lose and is now trying to recuperate but evidently fails. The poem begins with a lone man, half sleeping and half reading a book as he tries to forget his lost Lenore. Suddenly there is a knock on his door. As he approaches it he begins apologizing to the visitor for not answering quicker. But as he opens the door there is no one there. In the emptiness he thinks he spots a figure I 'm the distance, immediately he says "Lenore?" (Poe ) There is no response but an echo of "Lenore". The empty darkness symbolizes his heart, the only thing being there is a faint recreation of his lost Lenore who he misses. The man decides it was a knock on his window so he goes to open it. Upon opening the window a Raven flies into his home. The man begins talking to the bird and asks for his name, the Raven responds "Nevermore" (Poe ). The man thinks it is amusing and asks for it too leave. With the only response of the Raven being "Nevermore". After the Raven says "Nevermore" a few more times the narrator begins to crack and believes the Raven is foreshadowing something. The man refers to the Raven as a Devil and that it knows exactly what it is saying. This symbolizes the man not being able to coup with his loss so he begins to blame unknown sources for the reasoning behind unexplainable scenarios. The man has finally snapped and portrays the bird as a "sleeping demon with burning eyes. The Raven, the small bird which began as an entertaining animal, ends as a beast which terrifies the man into submission. This symbolizes that once a man has finally broke, all things become unexplainable and terrifying at the same time, especially the loss of

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