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

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What event happened in different colored room 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 holds an elaborate, eccentric masquerade in his imperial suite and instructs his guests to dress in bizarre costumes. There are seven rooms in Prospero's imperial suite and each room is decorated a different color.

The seven rooms and their colors allegorically represent the seven stages of life. The easternmost room is blue and represents birth while the second room is purple, symbolizing growth. The third room is green, representing youth, while the fourth room is orange, symbolizing the autumn of life. The fifth room is colored white, representing old age, and the sixth room is violet, which represents diminishing health.

The seventh and final chamber of the imperial suite is black with scarlet panes that resemble blood. The final chamber is also located at the western side of the suite and symbolically represents death. It is in this chamber where the large ebony clock stands, reminding the guests of their mortality as each hour passes.

Among each of the chambers, the masqueraders dance, indulge in alcohol, and enjoy the bizarre, grotesque nature of the party. Poe refers to the revelers as "dreams," and they proceed to move through each room as they enjoy the eccentric, exciting atmosphere. The only chamber the masqueraders purposely avoid is the ominous seventh room. Toward the end of the story, the personification of the Red Death enters the masquerade, killing Prince Prospero and all his guests in the seventh chamber.

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