“The Masque of the Red Death”
“The Masque of the Red Death” is an allegory that has many morals of life. In this story, the abbey, the series of seven rooms, and the clock each symbolize something different. The setting of “The Masque of the Red Death” takes place in Europe during the Middle Ages. In this time period, people were dying left and right from the plague. So, Poe interpreted his outlook on life through this story. The abbey seems, to me, as hope and confinement. It gives representation of that because the prince and guests believe if they are barricaded in the abbey, death would not find them. Little did they know, when it’s time for you to die, you will die even if you hide or not. “When his dominions were half depopulated, he summoned to his presence a thousand hale and lighthearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court, and with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his castellated abbey.” This shows me the abbey also represented a social barrier between those who are wealthy and poor. The prince only invited people with affluence and in this time period people with money did not associate with poor people.
In the castellated abbey, there was a series of seven rooms. The seven rooms, in my opinion, symbolized the seven deadly sins. The seven deadly sins are pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed, and sloth. For example, Prospero’s belief that he is powerful than death is pride. He was angry when the stranger comes and kills. He shares his wealth with a person who needs it least rather than a person who is in need is a sign of greed. These rooms might also even appear as the seven stages of life or the way the sun rises and sets.
The seventh chamber is where the ebony clock is held at. The clock can symbolize how time flies or even the countdown to death. My belief is that the clock symbolizes the countdown to death more than anything. “The giddiest grew pale, and the more aged and sedate passed their hands over...
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