Allegory Of “The Masque Of The Red Death”

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An allegory is a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one. In the story, a terrible disease called the Red Death struck the country. It’s incredibly fatal and gruesome, and it had already killed off half the kingdom. The ruler of the kingdom, Prince Prospero, does not care about the decease of his kingdom and proceeds to throw a masquerade ball in his mansion far away in the woods. During the ball a masked person appears and he portrays a frightening corpse who died of the Red Death. Prince Prospero is infuriated and demands the guards to arrest him. They are all to shocked and afraid to do so. So Prince Prospero goes for him only to be killed, along with the others who participated in the ball, by the Red Death. In this story there are objects that symbolize death coming. The symbols used in the Masque of Red Death, including the arrangement of the chambers, the clock, and the abbey, all have a representation used to portray the coming of death. They all represent a meaning that uncovers a whole other story by itself. The arrangement of rooms represents time passing by. The blue room represents birth. The next room is purple suggests the beginnings of growth. Green, the next color, suggests the spring of life (youth), orange the summer and autumn of life. White, the next color, suggests age (when you think of age you imagine old people with white/grey hair, and bones). Violet (a combination purple and grey) represents darkness and death. And black represents death, the very end of life. As said in the book, “ … The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries” The clock represents time flying by, till the end of time. Its eerie chiming on the hour is a regular reminder that their lives are drifting away with the time, and that death is approaching. Everything stops,

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