Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death” uses graphic imagery to offer a powerful statement about how death can’t be escaped. Poe's narrator describes the "Red Death" as having long devastated the country; “In fact, no pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal--the redness and the horror of blood” (1). The image of blood and time throughout the short story also indicates corporeality. The plague may, in fact, represent typical attributes of human life and mortality by implying the entire story is an allegory about a man's useless tries to getaway from death.
The author, Edgar Allan Poe, using illusion or misdirection keeps the reader is suspense throughout this story called "The Masque of the Red Death". Symbolism such as the colored rooms, the impressive clock, the feeling of celebration being at a party all makes this story feel like a fairytale. Poe used this fairytale style and converts it into a nightmare in disguise. In the "Masque of the Red Death," the first sentence, "The Red Death had long devastated the country," sets the tone for the whole story. Poe describes the horrors of the disease, stressing the redness of the blood and the scarlet stains.
Methought what pain it was to drown,/What dreadful noise of waters in my ears,/What sights of ugly death within my eyes? (I, iv. 21-23). This speech evokes sympathy for Clarence, so that although he too participated in the killing of Edward, the son of Henry VI, he is no longer the main character to blame ? the burden of the atrocious crime is laid upon Richard III, the killer of his own ... ... middle of paper ... ...o occur.
The Masque of the Red Death is a short story written by the early American novelist, Edgar Allan Poe. He presents a tale about a man named Prince Prospero during the time when a horrible plague has contaminated his country. There are three main themes throughout the story. His foolishness during a time of despair causes his downfall, time continues to pass even with death, and death is inevitable no matter how rich and powerful you may be are the themes presented in the story which leads to the loss of his life and of the lives of his guests. Prince Prospero is supposed to have his kingdom’s health and prosperity as his number one priority.
They pick midnight, because all the horrible tragedies happen at the hour of the night. If it is dark then nobody can see and wrongful desires take over the innocent soul and make the person commit a terrible crime. “When swinish sleep is their drenched natures lie as in a death” (Act 1, Scene VII), therefore when Banquo is asleep he will be killed. They thought since it will be night time nobody will know who committed the crime on Banquo. Macbeth was very questionable of this plan.
However, Hamlet’s fascination with death was excessive, which means that he was ready to lose everything to follow the ghost. Hamlet’s grief was greater than Claudius and his mother and that made him more obsessed about death. “I am father’s spirit, doomed for a certain term to walk the night and for the day confined to fast in fires, till the foul crimes done in my days of nature are burnt and purged away” (Hamlet, act 1 scene 5. P28). These lines show that recent place of the ghost is the purgatory.
Ironically, the very place the Prospero built to keep himself safe led to his hideous destruction. However, the audience was never permitted to believe that the prince would escape death, because even Poe's choice of environments reflect the triumph of the plague; the isolation and quarantine of the abbey, the fever and delirium of the masquerade, and finally the progression of time and eventual death. The clock strikes midnight, and with its shadowy expiration, "the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all," (213). Works Cited Poe, Edgar Allen. "The Mask of the Red Death."
The chronicler reveals his insanity by admitting he stalks his martyr every night, “And every night, about midnight, I turned the latch of his door and opened it --oh so gently! And then, when I had made an opening sufficient for my head, I put in a dark lantern, all closed, closed, that no light shone out, and then I thrust in my head.” His obsession indicates he has a mental illness that goes beyond physical wellness. The character seems to struggle with his own passing thoughts and his difficulty in deciphering reality and paranoia of his tale of the past. Storyteller denies his madness, “Now this is the point. You fancy me mad.
The author uses the contrasts between the abbey and the Red Death to reveal the true character of Prince Prospero, to suggest the presence of the Red Death in the abbey, and to aide in the climax of events. While the Prince's people are suffering outside the abbey walls, he is selfishly entertaining guests at a masquerade ball. The story opens with a brief description of the plague that is spreading through Prince Prospero's people. "There were sharp pains, sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution." (Poe, 209) Instead of elaborating on the effects of the plague, Poe beg...
Also, the color of the wood is also symbolic. Ebony is black, so again death is symbolized. At the end, or conclusion, the clock strikes 12, and "The Red Death" makes its appearance, and kills Prospero. In the plot, I believe that the talking about the Red Death and Prospero is the introduction, because it introduced the two big influences in the story. I also think that the descriptions of the rooms is the rising action, because it gives the setting for the conflict.