The Masque of the Red Death In “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe, Poe uses imagery and symbolism to create an allegory that communicates to the reader that the town has been struck by an epidemic of a deadly disease that seems to be incurable. The background of this story is that their is a disease that is killing a lot of people and some of the people that are still alive go to Prince Prospero’s house for a party that they are still alive. They are all having fun then the clock strikes and everyone stops dancing, when it stops they all start dancing again. The clock is a very important symbol of imagery in this story.
The Masque of the Red Death was written by Edgar Allen Poe. It is about a Prince that invited his friends into his castle to protect them from the “Red Death”. The “Red Death” is a disease that caused pain to the carrier and eventually precipitates death. However, the “Red Death” comes to the Prince’s castle and kills everyone.
Demi Pyle February 20, 2018 English 1302 Looking Closer at “The Masque of The Red Death” In the grim short story written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1842, “The Masque of the Red Death” tells the tale of a kingdom ravaged with disease and a prince’s journey to escape death. Poe hides underlying messages throughout the story, leaving the reader to interpret the true meaning of prosperity and death. Edgar Allan Poe uses symbolism and imagery in the form of an allegory to reveal to the reader that death is inescapable, no matter how wealthy you are.
Allegory and Symbolism of “The Masque of the Red Death” The Masque of the Red Death is a story of symbolism and allegory. Everything from the arrangement of the seven chambers, the ebony clock, and the color red. The seven chambers are arranged ever so carefully, “The apartments were so irregularly disposed that the vision embraced but little more than one at a time.” The chambers are color coded by which I see as the seven stages of life.
The narrator first seems to be lamenting over the loss of his love Lenore. Then the Raven comes in and the narrator talks to the bird, his actions and thoughts become more wild and furious. Some people claim that the narrator has dreamed throughout this poem. When the narrator opens the door(line 24 and 25), he sees darkness, if he was not dreaming he would have seen something because the light in his room might have revealed a wall. The narrator tells the audience he was dreaming in line 26, “ Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;” The narrator is honest and tells the readers he is dreaming things no one has dreamt before.
In Poe’s Masque of the red death, Poe illustrates the stages of life and death. Each symbol that Poe presents in his short story coincide with facets of life that are impossible to not experience. The read death itself, represents death as an aspect of life. In the story, Prince Prospero and those he saved lock themselves in his castle in order to prevent any sign of the Red Death (disease in this story) from affecting them. Someone dresses as a victim of the disease in a costume to stir attention, and as Prospero attacks the villain, he dies.
Living after a loved one dying is not easy for anyone. After a loss the five steps of grieving take place, and depression will most likely ensue. Random spurts of missing and longing for the recently deiced happens several times after the death. Missing a loved one is not an uncommon thing, and using poetry to describe the loss is just as common. In The Raven, Poe exaggerates loss and depression to tell a powerful story about a dark night.
Throughout literature, an author's works always reflects their mood and character. Edgar Allen Poe is an American writer who's poem and short stories reflected on his ominous mood. In the poem, "The Raven," by Edgar Allen Poe is about a raven that flies into a lonely and sad man's house, he is alone and weak, he is weary of trying to distract himself from his sorrow. It expresses Poe's sense of melancholy and gloominess. The speaker's tone changes throughout the poem dramatically changes as he realizes the true meaning of meeting with the Raven.
Masque of the Red Death Literary Analysis In the short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” by Edgar Allen Poe. Prince Prospero secluded himself from the Red Death. This plague quickly killed a large portion of the population. Prince Prospero had the belief that he and his friends could avoid the Red Death by leaving other people to suffer in their place.
The two text Young Goodman Brown and The Raven were very interesting to read. I cannot choose which my favor is since I enjoyed both. The symbolizations that are in both text give the stories meanings behind the words. With these meanings, it helps opens the text to a broader view. Nathaniel Hawthorne has a few different symbols throughout his text Young Goodman Brown that were both objects and people.