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How do the guests avoid the seventh room in "The Masque of the Red Death"?

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minimoose123 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 27, 2008 at 3:10 AM via web

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How do the guests avoid the seventh room in "The Masque of the Red Death"?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 27, 2008 at 7:14 AM (Answer #1)

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In "The Masque of the Red Death," the revelers avoid the seventh room because the "effect of the firelight...was ghastly in the extreme,"   The shadows and colors that it casts upon the faces of those who might enter creates such a frightening and wild appearance that people are reluctant to enter because of fear or repulsion.  Poe writes that "few [were] bold enough."

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sstaylor | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 9, 2008 at 12:37 AM (Answer #2)

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My son and I are covering this story right now.  He has an assignment to draw the castellated abbey of Prince Prospero.  Based on our understanding of the story, the rooms flow from east to west, with the black room being last.  The revelers simply "don't go there", as they are not required to go to it/through it to reach any of the other rooms.  They also are probably trying to avoid it, due to its' death the.

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