Examples Of Ignorance In The Masque Of The Red Death

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mahedi mazumder mazumder 1 harry antonian class # 13/12/2012 time Ignorance Is Bliss, Until The Truth Is Undeniable exploring humanity's mental perspective of death in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Masque Of The Red Death" The fear of death can be related to a fear of the unknown, the unknown that makes people uncomfortable to acknowledge, which results in them ignoring the idea altogether. In his story titled "The Masque of the Red Death" Edgar Allan Poe suggests through the use of narration, allegory and symbolism, that humanity's attitude towards death is one of ignorance and disregard that is driven by the fear of the unknown, resulting in our species doing all that we can to avoid it and not accept it as the inevitable consequence of life.…show more content…
Poe describes through this quote that our reactions towards death as being one where we do our best to ignore it. The actions the prince takes while the disease is raging out of control outside the sealed walls of the castle is one where he takes the would-be fear of the horrors taking place outside, and turns it into a party to drag away the attention from death for himself as well as the guests. This action by the prince, which results in the complete disregard of the dying outside world, shows that in the face of death, not only do we attempt to avoid dying, but we also try to avoid experiencing the fear of dying. Secondly, Poe’s use of allegory shows an accurate depiction of life and its stages, the final stage being the one that we attempt to avoid. The seven rooms that are outlined in the castle are somewhat of a journey through life as they progress down the hall. This is done by coloring, the numerical and cardinal

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