Imagery In The Masque Of The Red Death

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People have always tried to avoid death, but they cannot. In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” the characters are trying to avoid the Red Death, but they do not succeed. Every hour clock chimes indicating that life is passing by and death is close. People begin to die every minute once the Red Death enters. Poe uses imagery, symbolism, and setting to create an effective story. One way the imagery has an impact involves images and description. The first example is the castellated abbeys is a major imagery that Poe shows in the story. “With these retired to deep seclusion of one of his castellated abbeys” (85). The prince thinks that if you hide in a castellated abbey. Then you can be separated from the outside world, and whatever happens outside it stays outside. The second major imagery in the story is the clock in the black room that Poe shows in the story. “The clock in the Black Room” (86). This piece of evidence demonstrates the clock is in the black room, and the black room represents the end of a life. Whenever this clock rings that mean that someone died. The last example of imagery is the Stanger. “At first, as he spoke, there was a slight rushing movement of this group in the direction of the intruder, who, at the moment was also near at hand, and now, with deliberate and stately step, made closer approach to the speaker” (87). This piece of evidence demonstrates that even if you make a big castle, and try to hide from the outside
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