Poe Essay

Topics: Edgar Allan Poe, Short story, Red Pages: 4 (689 words) Published: December 14, 2012
There are many ways Edgar Allen Poe used allegory and symbolism in the short story,

“The Masque of the Red Death”, Edgar Allen Poe uses pictures, colors, people and

Inanimate objects that represent death in this eccentric thriller. Symbolism is one main

components that drives this thriller, which uses symbols to represent ideas or facts.

Allegory is another key input that reveals a hidden meaning in this case, a moral one.

People don’t have a lot in common but one thing everyone has in common is death.

This story represents death and darkness that affects us. Poe mastered this because he

and his loved ones experienced it. Poes main women you can say, all die horrible deaths.

Most of those who die in Poes life, died from a disease called tuberculoses. In addition to

to the many deaths in Poes life, his father also left his mother at the age of one years old

adding to his loss. His step-dad was the opposite of supportive and loving. In college

Poe proved to be successful with his writing but he didn’t have the support and love he

desired and needed.

In “The Masque of Red Death”, Poe uses color as a symbol. The colors Poe uses

include red, blue, purple, grey, orange, white, violet, and black. In the story the color red

symbolic meaning is death and this color eventually involves everyone in his story. In

Poes life the color red represents the diseases that killed everyone important to him. The

color red represents the disease of tuberculoses. The colors also represent the rooms of

or various stages of Poes life. The color blue represents the beginning of his life and the

color black did represent the decline of his life. In addition, it seems that the colors also

match up to all the people in Poes life to include him. Poe use of color amazed me and

the way he used color to hint towards the death around every corner. The story describes

colors by stating, “the apartments...
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