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whatever2wrd | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 25, 2007 at 11:04 AM via web

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What does each room in "The Masque of the Red Death" mean?

so far there are 7 rooms. i know 2 of them scarlet and blue but what are the rest.

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jamie-wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted June 25, 2007 at 11:34 AM (Answer #1)

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The rooms are blue, purple, green, orange, white, violet, and black, with scarlet panes. The colors are wildly dreamlike and surreal, like entering a state of progressive madness, each color increasingly bizarre. The predominant color, despite all the others competing for attention, however, is red. Red symbolizes blood, and the horrors that are to follow.

The details are in the fourth paragraph, excerpted here:

"That at the eastern extremity was hung, for example, in blue --and vividly blue were its windows. The second chamber was purple in its ornaments and tapestries, and here the panes were purple. The third was green throughout, and so were the casements. The fourth was furnished and lighted with orange --the fifth with white --the sixth with violet. The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls, falling in heavy folds upon a carpet of the same material and hue. But in this chamber only, the color of the windows failed to correspond with the decorations. The panes here were scarlet --a deep blood color.

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mickey2bailey | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted October 23, 2007 at 11:55 AM (Answer #2)

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I researched this question online and came up with a couple of answers that I feel could be relevant to your question. The seven rooms might signify the 7 stages that a person goes through in their life: birth, toddler, childhood, teen years, middle years, senior years and death.

In the story the placement of the rooms is also significant to this theory.  The rooms go from east to west which represents the way the sun rises, or is "born" each day and then sets or "dies" each day.

It has also been said that the seven rooms represent the seven deadly sins: sloth, lust, gluttony, avarice, pride, anger and covetousness.  The Prince definitely displays all of these sins throughout the course of the evening.

The colors also signify the following  Blue – Birth, Purple - Royalty, Power, Green - Growth and Life, Orange - Destruction or Fire, White – Purity, Violet - Knowledge and Memory, and Black - Death.

 

Another explanation I ran across to explain the colors are:, Blue means heaven and truth, Purple means sorrow and suffering, Green means nature and hope for eternal life, Orange means strength and endurance, White means light, Violet means dark blood and Black means death or grief.

 

These are a few of the explanations I ran across in my research.  I hope they help.  As you can see there are many interpretations.

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samnesha | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 18, 2008 at 10:27 AM (Answer #3)

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1 blue 2 purple 3 green 4 orange 3 white 6 violet 7 black 8 red

there is an extra room because in the black room it has red windows

 

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jocobo | College Teacher | Honors

Posted July 27, 2009 at 9:59 PM (Answer #4)

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Arrangement of Rooms East to West in Prospero’s Castellated Abbey in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death”

1. blue

2. purple 

 3. green

4. orange

5. white

6. violet

7. black with red windows and a clock that announces the end of each hour

The seven rooms could represent any of the following:

1.     The seven stages of life as laid out by Shakespeare in As You Like It.

a.     This concept resonates because Poe has named his prince Prospero, one of the leading characters of The Tempest.  Prospero was a wizard/king who had control of his island and admitted only those he wished to be there.

b.     The clock in the last room announces the end of each stage, causing all to pause from their revelry

c.      The last room is where everyone dies.

2.     The passage of time as represented by the light of the sun from morning to night, night being the end of day and/or life.

3.     The Seven Deadly Sins is a classification of the most objectionable vices which has been used since early Christian times to educate and instruct followers concerning (immoral) fallen man's tendency to sin. It consists of "Lust", "Gluttony", "Greed", "Sloth", "Wrath", "Envy", and "Pride"—all of which occur in the fortress.

a.     This concept resonates because of Poe’s use of biblical language.

                                                              i.      “comes like a thief in the night”

                                                            ii.      Allusions to the Red Death as an antichrist, an inverted Christ

b.     Contrast these with the seven holy virtues: chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility—none of which happen inside the fortress.

4.     The seven days of the week, which are named in English after gods (but not God)

a.     Sun-day: the day of the Sun (Sp. Domingo)

b.     Mon-day: the day of the Moon (Sp. Lunes, Roman moon)

c.      Tues-day: Tiwes’ Daeg, the day of the war god, Norse mythology (Sp. Martes, the day of Mars, the Roman god of war)

d.     Wednes-day: Woden’s Daeg, the day of the chief god (Sp. Miercoles)

e.     Thurs-day:  Thor’s Daeg, the god of thunder and lightning (Sp. Jueves, the day of Zeus, who also controlled thunder and lightning)

f.       Fri-day: Frigga’s Daeg, the goddess of marriage (Sp. Viernes-Venus’ day)

g.     Satur-day: Saturn’s day, Latin mythology (Sp. Sabado, Sabbath)

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cmac59 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted November 12, 2010 at 12:21 AM (Answer #5)

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There are seven rooms total. In order they go blue, which means birth. Purple, which is the beginnings of growth or royalty (it depends on who you ask). Green, which means growth and life in general. Orange means strength and endurance. White means purity. Violet means knowledge and memory. Lastly, Black means death.

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abdalrhmanaa | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted March 8, 2012 at 9:11 PM (Answer #6)

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as u said The colors  signify the following Blue – Birth, Purple - Royalty, Power, Green - Growth and Life, White– Purity, Violet - Knowledge and Memory, and Black - Death.

prince prosperu tried defending him self by that colors which represents , royalty , power , growth , life , purity , knowledge , thinking that these nice things are enough to protect from death .

but here comes the outcome of the story that nothing can prevent from death even the most beautiful things are not enough .

and because  all these things didnt prevent the strange man ( as mentioned ) which represented red death or death from reaching his goal which is the last , and black room which is death he finnaly relised that he cant from death but he was late

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xandy25 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 18, 2012 at 12:09 AM (Answer #7)

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scarlet=black. 

 

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