Symbolism In The Masque Of The Red Death

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Humans are born with diverse amounts of interests, personalities and qualities. Making each one of us unique in numerous ways, however we as individuals all have one thing in particular that is universal to us all— death. In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” a plague continues to expand across an unknown country, killing copious amounts of villagers whom crosses its path. Nonetheless the prince of the country, Prospero— evaded the disease through his wealth and prosperity. Utilizing the use of symbols and imagery, Poe illustrates that no one is capable to escape death and judgement— no matter how prosperous you are. This tale sets in a fabricated country where it is ruled by a prince named Prospero. By bolting up the gates of his mansion and neglecting the outbreak consuming the …show more content…

The mysterious guest was dressed to imitate a victim of the disease. Prospero “…in the first moment with a strong shudder either of terror or distaste…” becomes livid and dictates to his men to seize the mysterious guest and unmask him. Yet, with Prospero’s commands— the guests continued to be too frightened to arrest it, letting the guest walk through the arrangement of chambers which symbolizes the disease entering the life cycle. Prospero pursues the guest while possessing a drawn dagger, it finally halts in the last room, the black chamber. Once Prospero confronts it, he dies of a sudden death, soon after Prospero’s guests enter the black chamber in an attempt to unmask the mysterious guest, they succeed, but discovered that no one was below the costume. Every one of Prospero’s knight’s men and women die. The masked guest represents the Red Death, finally infiltrating Prospero’s castle and slaughtering each one of his guests including Prospero

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