The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

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What are the three most important symbols Poe uses in "The Masque of the Red Death"?

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Of course, with a question like this, any consideration of the most important symbols utilised by Poe in this excellent Gothic short story is going to be up for debate, so all I can do is offer you my interpretation of the most important symbols to this work as a whole. Clearly this is a tale full of symbolism from start to finish, and to understand it we need to carefully unpack the very many different forms of symbolism that are present in the tale.

Firstly, and key to understanding the tale, the act of Prince Prospero in trying to escape the Red Death and sealing himself away from the outer world with his courtiers is richly symbolic:

But the Prince Prospero was happy and dauntless and sagacious. When his dominions were half depopulated, he summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court, and with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his castellated abbeys... They resolved to leave means neither of ingress or...

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