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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