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Masque of the Red Death
Transcript of Masque of the Red Death
of the Red Death
By Edgar Allan Poe
To use symbolism to
warn the reader that one cannot escape death.
The Ebony Clock
Symbolism of rooms and colors
The Red Death
Time the Prince and people
had until their DEATH.
(countdown clock of their
lifespan at the masquerade)
The Clock chimed every hour, and that was when the palace went silent. The guests were feeling discomfort when the clock chimed because it is a foreshadowing of their death and the end of their life when the clock stroke midnight.
Edgar Allen Poe's diction for the clock make the clock appear to have a dark and mysterious presence by using connotation of words that add to the haunting Tone. His word choice made the clock appear as it was there to cause the demise of the prince and his fellow companions. Examples of his word choice include:
"But in the western or black chamber the effect of the fire-light that streamed upon the
hangings through the
in the extreme, and produced so wild a look upon the countenances of those who entered, that there were few of the company bold enough to set foot within its precincts at all."
Clock is made of Ebony. Not Ivory.
" Its [the Clock] pendulum swung to and fro with a
and when the minute-hand made the circuit of the face, and the hour was to be stricken,
there came from the of the clock a sound which was musical,
but of so peculiar a not emphasis that, at each lapse of an hour, the musicians of the orchestra were to pause, momentarily, in their performance, to hearken to the sound;
and thus the waltzers perforce their evolutions; and there was a of the whole gay company; and, while the chimes of the clock yet rang, it was observed that the and the more aged and sedate passed their hands over their brows as if in or meditation."
heavy, monotonous clang;
clear and loud and deep and exceedingly
giddiest grew pale,
At the end of the story the Red Death kills the Prince by the Clock in the black room and all of the light vanished and the clock's pendulum comes to a stable halt as the rest of the party becomes deceased.
"But in the corridors that followed the suite, there stood, opposite to each window, a heavy tripod, bearing a brazier of fire that
its rays through the tinted glass and so glaringly illumined the room."
symbol for life
u ned vitaman
jesuzzzzz n' yo lyfe
you know what I like the most?;:P
Rooms = Stages of Life
Fire = Actual life in us all; Human Spirit
"But in the western or black chamber the effect of the
that streamed upon the
hangings through the
was ghastly in the extreme, and produced so
wild a look upon the countenances
of those who entered, that there were few of the company bold enough to set foot within its precincts at all."
Hope you enjoyed the music;)
"...the dreams live, and writhe to and fro more merrily than ever, taking hue from the many-tinted windows through which stream the rays from the tripods."
"And the flames of the tripods expired."
adds to creepy mood
adds to characterization:
tone: fear of shadow of light/death
The Red Death is
of death itself.
He had come like a thief in the night.
And one by one dropped the revelers
in the blood-bedewed halls of their
When the clock strikes midnight, the Red Death appears to the revelers.
At first, all the guests are terrified of his presence, but then, the man whose idea it was to cheat death in the first place, Prince Prospero, attacks him.
Poe uses the Red Death to emphasize the theme of the story (that nobody can escape death)
Poe uses words such as "stalk", "solemn", "spectral", "tall and gaunt", "besprinkled with the scarlet horror", and so on.
Acknowledges the worried appearance faced by the guests because they don't to be reminded of what is outside the castle walls because they don't want to think about death.Mainly because the guests don't like thinking about what they can't control.