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Symbolism in Masque of the Red Death

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Hilary Pohl

on 17 September 2012

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Transcript of Symbolism in Masque of the Red Death

Symbolism in The Masque of the Red Death What is symbolism? Examples of Symbols when a character, place, thing
or event in a literary work stands
for a larger idea. Important Symbols in "Masque" The Clock Literal meaning: Tells us time is passing in short term
Symbolic Meaning: Passage of time in long term; inevitability of life. Each of us will have our time to die. The Castellated Abbey Literal:A fortress
Symbolic:being trapped, threatened dark castle scary,exclusion of poor The Red Death Literal: this particular plague
Symbolic: death itself

Red=Blood Seven Colored Rooms The rooms are arranged East to West
Literal: directions
Symbolic: Birth to Death Blue= suggest the "unknown" from which people come into the world

Purple=unknown of blue mixed with red = intensity period of rapid beginnings of growth
Green= Spring of life, or youth

Orange= Summer and autumn of life (middle age)

White= suggests age think white hair

Violet= shadowy color; suggests that death may be coming


No red room: Poe wanted to save red for blood, fear, and death Think of a symbol or archetype that we have not discussed today. What is it? How is it used? Why do you think it is an archetype or symbol?


Why do you think Poe used so much symbolism? How does it benefit Poe to use archetypes? How does knowing archetypes help readers? Quick Write: Answer one of the following questions in your journal. 6-8 sentences.
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