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How does the clock relate to the theme?

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mizbabe15 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 27, 2007 at 12:54 PM via web

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How does the clock relate to the theme?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 27, 2007 at 10:13 PM (Answer #1)

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Time is a theme in this story, and the clock is symbolic of the theme. The clock resides in the seventh room of the abbey in which the prince and guests are enjoying a party.

The chiming of the clock agitates the guests because it is a reminder of the inevitability of death. While there are plenty of distractions and revelry, the guests are unable to forget that one cannot escape death. The chiming pervades the atmosphere with doom, despite the best efforts of the guests.

When midnight arrives, which signals the ending of another day, it is symbolic of the end of the party guest's lives. As the last guest dies, the clock stops, as well. Finally, there is silence.

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 27, 2007 at 10:13 PM (Answer #2)

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Time is a theme in this story, and the clock is symbolic of the theme. The clock resides in the seventh room of the abbey in which the prince and guests are enjoying a party.

The chiming of the clock agitates the guests because it is a reminder of the inevitability of death. While there are plenty of distractions and revelry, the guests are unable to forget that one cannot escape death. The chiming pervades the atmosphere with doom, despite the best efforts of the guests.

When midnight arrives, which signals the ending of another day, it is symbolic of the end of the party guest's lives. As the last guest dies, the clock stops, as well. Finally, there is silence.

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thebuzmaster | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 14, 2008 at 7:01 PM (Answer #3)

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i think the clock relates to the theme by having as the seven stages of life and the time is symbolic because the seven roms indicate the seven stages of life and time is of the escence because he trys cheating death

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english01 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 4, 2009 at 7:55 PM (Answer #4)

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the theme of the story is that "no one can escape from death" your time will come, ane every person will pass in this momment. the momment of death. so the clock is a symolism that death is near and that each struck of the clock symbolis "death is near" and finally at 12 oclock which is the end of teh day prince prospero died! giving as avidence that even if ur prosperous and healthy and wealthy that doesn't mean u will escape from death.

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