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    Often in short stories, symbols are present. Symbols represent meanings beyond what they literally are in the story. In the short story, The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe, the gigantic ebony clock is symbolic. The ebony clock is symbolic because it symbolizes death and that time never stops. Symbols represent something other than themselves, which is significant to the story. The ebony clock in the seventh room symbolizes death. According to the short story, it states, “But in the western or black chamber, the effect of the firelight that streamed upon the dark hanging through the blood-tainted panes, was ghastly in the extreme…It was in this apartment, also, that there stood against the western wall a gigantic…

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    Masque Of The Red Death

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    The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe follows numerous traditions of Gothic fiction and can be analyzed as an allegory demonstrating the inevitability of death. Prince Prospero is the main character of this short story and seeks a solution to the plague of the Red Death that is consuming his people at a rapid pace. In a hurry to escape the disease, he brings along those who have not been infected and settles in a castellated abbey. For fear of any form of disease to enter the castle,…

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    “The Masque of Red Death” by Edgar Allen Poe is a deliciously creepy short story. The “Red Death” is showing Edgar Allen Poe’s view on the Black Plague. This plague took over the fantasy country. It's incredibly fatal, horribly gruesome, and it's already killed off half the kingdom, one might say “Blood was its Avatar.” “Meanwhile, in a panic, healthy people did all they could to avoid the sick.” The story goes into detail how people would do whatever it may take to stay healthy, this quote is…

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    The author of the story Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe is about a prince who tries to avoid the red death. He locks himself in a castle. With loud music he stays in the castle and surrounded by the rich and the poor people were outside listening to how the prince partied. He had the door closed so no poor person can come in. Towards the end the red death came in and killed everyone inside. In this story we talk about the ebony clock and room east to west and finally we talk about…

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    Symbols flood the pages in Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death, which he uses to clearly express the theme of unavoidable mortality; Prince Prospero’s palace chambers are one such symbol. The specific layout of the rooms is one symbol found inside the palace. Poe makes a point to describe the rooms from east to west. This symbolizes the rising and setting of the sun, as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. As the sun goes through its daily routine, so do Prince Prospero and…

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    Kwanzaa Symbolism

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    Kwanzaa, an African-American tradition that contains seven symbols, is celebrated from December 26th until January 1st. “Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, created Kwanzaa in 1966.(History)” Each night, for seven nights, each family will light a candle. There are seven candles, one black, three red, and three green.(History) Each color represents something different; the black represents the people, the red represents the…

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    Life is followed by the natural process of death. It is something that cannot be avoided and occurs unconditionally. In Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death,” this message is conveyed through the use of symbolism and allegory. In this story, a fatal contagion pervades the land in which Prince Prospero reigns, killing victims within thirty minutes of contracting the disease. In reaction to this, the Prince summons a few of his loyal courtiers to an abbey isolated from the outside,…

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    William Lyon Phelps , an American educator, believes that absolute certainty is the key to accomplishing anything. On the other hand, Bertrand Russell, a British author and philosopher believes that people should be doubtful and not so dogmatic in their ideologies. Both scholars make good points about the relationship between doubt, certainty and success, however it is a mix of both these philosophies that will deliver the most success in an individual's life. You should always be certain…

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    In the short story, “The Masque of the Red Death” Edgar Allan Poe utilizes symbols to evoke a chilling and doleful mood. Prince Prospero ruled during a time of disease and turmoil. However, instead of mourning for the loss of his dominions, he invited many high ranking elites to a party, and left “the external world to take care of itself” (1). The unfair nature of the matter creates a depressing mood, and Prince Prospero, who symbolizes the end of feudalism, holds responsibility. In addition to…

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    The colors of the seven rooms are just too juicy a detail not to mean something, aren't they? The black and blood red room seems so obviously to represent death, shouldn't the other rooms mean something too? A lot of commentators have thought that, and there is something of a general agreement among many of them about the meaning of the rooms. Supposedly, the suite is an allegory of human life. Each room, in other words, corresponds to a different "stage" of human life, which its color…

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