What Does The Room Symbolize In The Masque Of The Red Death

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The Masque of the Red Death
Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death”, is the tale of a young selfish prince who is trying to escape the Red Death by secluding himself and 1,000 of his closest friends. The Red Death is a horrible, and highly contagious, disease that causes the pores of the skin to ooze blood until death. What makes the story so appealing is the irony and symbolism behind the castle and the rooms in which the prince designs. Although Edgar Allan Poe is not known for his use of symbolism, he does portray quite a few different symbolic examples of life and death in “The Masque of the Red Death”.
Although there are many different examples of symbolism in “The Masque of the Red Death”, the example that sticks out the most is in the design of the rooms within the castle. A large portion of this writing is focused on the colors of the seven rooms and what is held within them. The author first points out how there are seven rooms; all set up differently then most castles. The second piece of …show more content…

One of the most ironic situations in this story is in the end, Prospero runs through all of the rooms to reach the crasher of his party. When Prospero finally reaches the black room, which most are scared of because of the horrifying red glow, he randomly drops dead. Lori Garrett-Hatfield says,
Poe's most prolific use of color in the story is his use of both red, which to him symbolized terror, horror, an ending of life; and black, which symbolized death and destruction. The final room, the red and black room, faces west, which represents the setting sun. The mummer -- the figure in the mask representing death -- is dressed all in black. Hatfield’s quote can help to support the theory that Poe purposely chose to make Prospero run through all of the rooms and into the room of

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