The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

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What does the ebony clock signify in "The Masque of the Red Death"?

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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 of surviving the deadly pestilence known as the Red Death, which has been devastating the countryside. Around the fifth or sixth month of their seclusion, Prince Prospero hosts an elaborate, bizarre masquerade to entertain his guests. Prospero decorates the seven rooms of his imperial suits in different colors, which symbolically correspond to the seven stages of life. The most eastern chamber is colored blue and symbolically represents birth while the most western chamber is black, with sable drapery and blood-colored panes, which symbolically represent death.

In the seventh chamber, there is a massive ebony clock, which symbolically represents mortality and the inevitability of death. The clock's location and color associate it with death and the swinging pendulum represents the passage of...

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