Symbolism In The Masque Of The Red Death

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'The Masque of the Red Death' is a tale written by Edgar Allen Poe. In this story, Poe uses literary devices (imagery, setting, irony, symbolism etc.) to deliver the theme that no one can escape death. The tale shows that no matter what you do, or where you go, death is inescapable. The ruler of this dead struck land, Prince Prospero, is a terrible leader. His people a struck with this epidemic and he is “dauntless and sagacious.” Prospero leaves his people to die while he and 1000 courtier flee to a hidden abbey in his palace. After all having entered, the Prince Prospero had the gates of the abbey welded shut. The abbey was made of has an extensive supply of food and equipment. It was confined, no one in or out, based on the impression that he wouldn't contract the disease. After being there for a while the prince decides to throw a masquerade ball. He decorated the 7 rooms of the abbey in different colors. From east to west – the room starts blue and ends in a black velvet apartment. In this apartment hung a gigantic ebony clock. Every hour the clock rings loudly. For the moments of its ringing, everyone is quiet. Dancers stop dancing and the…show more content…
“There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution.” Poe's vision of Red Death is shown through this scene by enabling the reader to see the severity of Red Death. A victim of Red Death endures a painful death; present is an immense amount of bleeding and excruciating pain. “There was a sharp cry – and the dagger dropped gleaming upon the sable carpet, upon which, instantly afterwards, fell prostrate in death the Prince Prospero.” This is a very important part of the story. After everything Prince Prospero does to evade Red Death he is killed by the very thing he went to the extreme to

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