On The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

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On The Masque of the Red Death
In The Masque of the Red Death, Edgar Allan Poe writes about how Prince Prospero holds a masque in a sealed abbey to try to forget about the Red Death. There are seven rooms in the abbey which have matching windows and decorations. A figure dressed as a deceased individual appears in the midst of the masque; Prince Prospero chases him to the scarlet room where he dies followed by everyone else. Edgar Allan Poe once said, “It is my design to render it manifest that no point in its composition is referable either to accident or intuition…” Poe placed imagery and symbolism in The Masque of the Red Death to design meaning into the story. This statement is true at least for The Masque of the Red Death. Poe chose have the revelers die in the black and scarlet room and have the rooms go from east to west. It was his intention to use dream language when describing the masque.
Poe has the rooms go from east to west in the same way that the Black Death spread from east to west. The Red Death in this story is a reference to the Black Death that spread from Asia...
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