The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

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

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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; originally it was derived from shellfish and it took thousands of shellfish to get one gram of pure dye. Later,"Pope Paul II in 1464 introduced the so-called 'Cardinal's Purple,'" which was extracted from an insect. (Podhajny, par. 10).

Purple is also associated with spirituality and mystery. Another way to think about purple is that it is the combination of hot red and cool blue.

Red is often associated...

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xandy25 | Student

scarlet=black. 

 

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abdalrhmanaa | Student

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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cmac59 | Student

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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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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samnesha | Student

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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