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The Masque of the Red Death

One could reasonably argue that the most important theme in "The Masque of the Red Death" is the inescapability of death. All those rich, aristocratic guests who've rocked up at Prince Prospero's...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2020, 10:34 am (UTC)

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Edgar Allen Poe was a master at hidden meanings in his works. There have been many discussions and theories of what the colors of the 7 rooms mean. Most of the conclusions all seem to mean the same...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2014, 6:03 pm (UTC)

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The unsettling, disturbing, and "gaunt" figure that enters Prince Prospero's bizarre masquerade is the personification of the deadly pestilence and symbolically represents death. Prince Prospero...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2020, 2:55 pm (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

Throughout Poe's short story "The Masque of the Red Death," Prince Prospero is portrayed as a wealthy, arrogant, selfish man who believes he can overcome and outlast the deadly plague by locking...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2017, 6:28 pm (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

Poe provides a fair amount of detail for each of the seven rooms. Firstly, he wants the reader to understand that the layout of this particular suite of rooms is unlike those in other palaces,...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2018, 11:42 am (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

I agree with the other educators who have responded here: the "Red Death" operates within Poe's short story as both a metaphor for the pervading nature of death and as a reference to real epidemics...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2016, 9:28 pm (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

The uninvited guest who attends Prospero's masked ball is the Red Death, which has penetrated the walls of the prince's confined, secluded estate. At the stroke of midnight, the uninvited guest...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2020, 10:52 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2007, 10:13 pm (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

In "The Masque of Red Death," the masquerade represents the guests' desire to escape the inevitability of death. Remember that these guests have come to Prince Prospero's to avoid catching the Red...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2017, 8:59 am (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

The seventh room of Prospero's imperial suite is by far the most unsettling and disturbing room inside his castellated abbey, which is where the prince and his close friends die at the feet of the...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2020, 12:28 pm (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

The purple room in Poe's The Masque of the Red Death represents the second Deadly Sin, which is Greed. Greed, or avarice, is insatiable, excessive desire for wealth and all material goods. All...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2009, 3:31 am (UTC)

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In the story, a huge black clock stands against the westernmost wall of the last room in Prince Prospero's hall. The last room is shrouded in black velvet tapestries, and its window panes are...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2016, 12:38 pm (UTC)

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Prince Prospero has done everything in his power to bar death from his castle, so when he sees a man seemingly dressed up in imitation of a corpse that has died from the Red Death, he is shocked...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019, 3:35 pm (UTC)

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It could also be argued that Prince Prospero symbolizes hedonism and the human desire for pleasure. When the Red Death decimates his kingdom, Prospero's reaction is to gather together all of his...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2017, 6:41 am (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

Poe establishes the mood from the opening paragraph with a description of the death itself. It is "fatal" and "hideous." It causes a "profuse bleeding at the pores" and kills victims within a half...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2020, 2:11 am (UTC)

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The clock has a really sudden and curious effect on everyone at Prince Prospero's masquerade. It's chiming produces so "peculiar" a note that the musicians of the orchestra were constrained to...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2019, 4:35 pm (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

The appearance of the Red Death within the abbey is ironic because Prince Prospero has taken extreme measures to protect himself from the plague. He has shut himself off from the majority of his...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2018, 3:57 am (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

The message of Poe's story is that no artifice can prevent the inevitability of Fate. While death inevitably comes to all mortals, there are many who seek to defy this fate. As one of the many who...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2015, 8:06 pm (UTC)

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When the abbey is first introduced in the text, the narrator comments that it represents the Prince's wild and "eccentric" design tastes. (This is further confirmed later in the text when its...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2016, 11:28 am (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

In "The Mask of the Red Death," the major difference among the guests of Prospero (his name suggests it) and those left outside the palace is wealth and social position. Those who do not...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2009, 3:20 am (UTC)

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A metaphor is a comparison of two unalike things where one thing is said to be the other; a simile is a comparison which is of somewhat lesser strength because it depends upon the use of the words...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019, 12:14 pm (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

In Poe's classic short story "The Masque of the Red Death," Prince Prospero and a thousand of his closest aristocratic friends barricade themselves inside his magnificent castellated abbey in hopes...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019, 4:45 pm (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

The Red Death is very similar to the Black Death that wiped out a good portion of the European population in the 1300s. In this story, the theme or message is that there is no hiding from the Red...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2019, 7:44 pm (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

In the opening paragraph of the story, we learn that Prince Prospero invites one thousand of his friends to the abbey. These friends are drawn from the "knights" and "dames" of his court. The...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2018, 8:24 am (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

The point of view in "The Masque of the Red Death" is one literary area that sparks much discussion. It actually seems to shift from 3rd person to 1st person. It starts out sounding very clearly...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2010, 4:08 am (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

The story “The Masque of the Red Death” ends when Death crashes the party and kills all of the guests. The story is about Prince Prospero, a wealthy royal who spends more time worrying about...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2013, 9:23 pm (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

The chimes from the clock send a wave of unease over the guests at the party. When the clock chimes, the musicians stop playing, leaving the chimes to be the only sound throughout the rooms. Poe...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2016, 10:54 pm (UTC)

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Most critics and readers can only assume why an author constructs a specific text. Only those texts in which an author details exactly why the text was written offers any real explanation. Outside...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2012, 2:41 am (UTC)

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The central conflict in "Masque of the Red Death" is man vs. nature. Prince Prospero, who is "happy and dauntless and sagacious," tries to escape the natural process of death by sequestering a...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2020, 11:03 am (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

Poe creates mood, the emotional atmosphere, in these three stories through his word choice, connotation, symbolism, and even irony. Consider the opening of "The Masque of the Red Death": the...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2020, 10:50 am (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

The Red Death is a terrible plague, a highly contagious disease that leaves a trail of death and suffering in its wake. Fourteenth-century Europe was devastated by a similar disease called the...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2018, 5:53 am (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

This is, as many of Poe's short stories are, a very symbolic piece of fiction, where you would be advised to look for how events, characters and the setting operate symbolically. It is clear from...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2010, 6:41 am (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

In the 14th century, Europe was ravaged by a deadly plague which came to be known as the Black Death. This disease spread rapidly across the continent, wiping out somewhere in the region of sixty...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2018, 8:30 am (UTC)

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There are many quotes about the ebony clock in The Masque of the Red Death. Just after the paragraph describing the colorful rooms and what they contained, there is an entire paragraph about the...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2015, 12:24 am (UTC)

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American Romanticism has been considered a journey away from the corruption of civilization and the limits of rational thought and toward the integrity of nature and freedom of the imagination. The...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2017, 6:26 pm (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

Prince Prospero’s name is ironic because he dies at the end. It is not hard to determine the significance of Prince Prospero’s name. “Prospero” sounds like “prosper.” Prince Prospero tries to...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2016, 5:14 am (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

In Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "The Masque of the Red Death," Prince Prospero has taken one thousand courtiers with him to a castellated abbey in order to avoid a plague. One night, he has a...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2016, 7:13 am (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

The narrator foreshadows from the start that this fortress of pleasure will be invaded by the horror of the Red Death. First, the indifference and callousness of the prince towards the sufferings...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2019, 12:04 pm (UTC)

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What's worth being aware of, where personification is concerned, is that it can operate on two different levels. On the first level, there is personification when it is used purely as a form of...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2019, 8:54 am (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

In the second paragraph of the story, Poe gives us a vivid description of the castellated abbey in which Prince Prospero and the other nobles hide from the devastating plague that stalks the land....

Latest answer posted October 21, 2017, 11:34 am (UTC)

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Setting is crucial in qualifying Gothic literature; typically there is a gloominess with death and decay evident. From the opening sentences, we are presented with a gruesome death that is gripping...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2019, 2:02 pm (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

The conflict of this story is one of character vs. Nature. Prince Prospero, and every one of the courtiers he brings with him to his sequestered abbey, fear death, though death is natural. They...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2016, 3:48 pm (UTC)

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Every time the clock strikes an hour, everyone stops to listen and reflect. Prince Prospero does not seem to care much about his people. Rather than take care of them during a time of trouble, he...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2015, 10:55 pm (UTC)

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Prospero gathers 1,000 of his aristocratic friends, seeking out those who are healthy ("hale") and optimistic and fun loving ("light-hearted") and seals them in an abbey to escape the red death,...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2016, 1:03 am (UTC)

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Blue: a cool color, the color of lifegiving water, or calm blue skies. Green: the color of nature and life.Purple originally was associated with royalty. This was because it was very expensive;...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2007, 1:28 pm (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

In the seven rooms, there are no sources of light whatsoever. Instead, in the corridors that followed the suite, there stood, opposite to each window, a heavy tripod, bearing a brazier of fire,...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2017, 6:28 pm (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

The abbey to which Prince Prospero invites his guests for a secluded and highly decadent retreat while the common people die horrific deaths outside his castle walls is described aptly by Poe early...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2013, 11:41 pm (UTC)

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'But first let me tell of the rooms in which it was held. There were seven—an imperial suite.’ Edgar Allan Poe was a master at description and imagery. The details of his stories set him apart...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2012, 7:00 pm (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

This story is Romantic in that it focuses, to a great degree, on human imagination and emotion. The descriptions of the masquerade's location, the seven rooms running from east to west, each...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2016, 11:35 am (UTC)

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The Masque of the Red Death

In Edgar Allan Poe's story "The Masque of the Red Death,” try though he might, Prince Prospero cannot hide from death. This relates to Poe's own life: death found Poe's loved ones repeatedly when...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2019, 2:52 am (UTC)

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