Edgar Allan Poe's “the Masque of the Red Death”

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Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most mysterious authors that the world of writing has known. Although many critics have different views on Poe's writing style, Harold Bloom summed it up best when he said, "Poe has an uncanny talent for exposing our common nightmares and hysteria lurking beneath our carefully structured lives".(Bloom 7 ). Many of Poe’s works can be related back to his life. Poe had many problems such as psychological illness, alcohol addiction, and gambling issues. There is also the fact that Poe’s life was full of heart aches such as the fact that everyone that Poe would grow to love would leave him or die. Since Poe’s works are so closely related to his life or inspired by his life struggles one can correctly assume…show more content…
Next, is the masquerade ball itself, it symbolizes the dance of life; which parallels death. Once the dance is over; life is over leaving only death. The next symbols are the individual rooms. These rooms can mean many things such as: “…comic center: the seven planetary spheres, the seven notes of the scale… the evolution of the plague’s destructive powers: the reverse of the seven days of Creation” (Knapp 166). The seven rooms could also represent the seven deadly sins which are: sloth, lust, gluttony, wrath, pride, anger, and envy. Another implication for the seven rooms is the seven stages of life. These theories could be backed up by each room’s different furnishings. The blue room represents birth or new life. This is where the party is mostly held. The purple room represents Prospero and his guests’ nobility. Green represents naiveté and greed each person obtains. Prospero and his friends are all naive in believing that they can cheat death by hiding behind closed doors. The white room represents the childlike innocence everyone holds because the guests have a juvenile mentality in trying to escape the inevitable. Orange represents the energy of the atmosphere between clock chimes. Since orange is made up of reds and yellows the orange room represents the edge of waiting for the next strike of the clock, but the
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