The Masque of the Red Death

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“The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allen Poe is an eerie short story about the “Red Death”, Poe’s twist on the Black Plague. This plague swept across an unknown kingdom killing many people as it went. There were sharp pain, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. Poe had two main themes for readers to think about. These themes were proven through five main symbols: The ebony clock in the black room, Prince Prospero in the abbey with his friends, the colors of the seven rooms in the abbey, the format of the hallway and rooms and, Prince Prospero running after death through all the rooms.
One theme that Poe intended to portray is the fact that death can’t be cheated or escaped, no matter how
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After six months of seclusion, the prince Masquerade Ball for all of his guests. The Masquerade Ball could symbolize a continuation of their denial. The masks and costumes are a shield to their true self; they hide the real worries of someone and instead show false perceptions of a person’s emotion.
Prince Prospero loves the bizarre and the august. When having the abbey made he had each of the seven rooms painted a different color. Each of the rooms represents a different color of a person’s life. The first room represents new life, such as a baby being born into the world. The second color is Purple, which represents royalty. This can be compared to the way a child feels as they grow up, they feel like royalty. The third color is Green. This color represents luck and envy, just like many adolescents feel during high school. Orange, the fourth color, represents cautious behavior; just the way adolescents feel when they are transitioning from a life of limited opportunities, to a life of endless opportunities as an adult in college. The fifth color, White, represents peace and purity. This is about the time when adults get married, begin to start their own family, and stop worrying about life so much, and just go with it. The sixth color, Violet, represents old age and knowledge. Many people believe that purple and violet are the same color, however there is a slight difference of the shade in the color. Violet is the
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