The Masque of the Red Death Questions and Answers
by Edgar Allan Poe

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How is the 7th room different from the other rooms in "The Masque of the Red Death"?

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While the deadly pestilence known as the Red Death ravages the surrounding countryside, Prince Prospero and a thousand of his wealthy, aristocratic friends party inside of his massive castellated abbey.

Towards the fifth or sixth month of their seclusion, Prince Prospero holds a bizarre masquerade in his imperial suite. Each of the seven rooms in the imperial suite is decorated and colored differently to symbolically represent a different stage of life. Prospero's guests enjoy the first six rooms of the imperial suite but refrain from entering the seventh and final room.

In the seventh room, black velvet tapestries hang from the ceiling and the window panes are blood red. The reflection of the fire on the ornaments inside the room is described as being "ghastly" and significantly disturbs the guests. There is also a gigantic ebony clock on the western wall, which produces loud, deep notes that stir the revelers's imaginations and remind them of their impending death. The scarlet and black room symbolically represents death and is where the personification of the Red Death ends up killing Prince Prospero during the masquerade.

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