To distract his guest, Prince Prospero holds a masquerade ball in seven distinct rooms in his caste. Each of the rooms symbolizes the seven phases of the human life cycle. The...
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...ue web is the trap that Montressor has prepared for Fortunato. As Fortunato and Montressor finally reach the last chamber of the cellar Montressor informs Fortunato that the Amontillado is just inside the crevice in the wall. Fortuanto anxiously enters the crevice where Montressor closes him up to be trapped for all eternity.
Throughout all of Poe’s short stories symbolism is found to varying degrees. Some of Poe’s stories posses strong, deep symbols, while others use symbols as more of a backdrop. Many of Poe’s deep symbols require the reader to look much deeper into the true meaning of the story. For some the meanings behind Poe’s symbols are too deep and complicated to understand. Much like the meaning of the seven rooms in “The Masque of the Red Death,” or the nitre in “The Cask of Amontillado.” To this day Poe proves to be the everlasting master of symbolism.
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