An allegory always operates on two levels of meaning: the literal elements of the plot the colors of the rooms, for example and their symbolic counterparts, which often involve large philosophical concepts such as life and death. There were buffoons, there were improvisatori, there were ballet-dancers, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine. The plague may, in fact, represent typical attributes of human life and mortality, which would imply the entire story is an about man's futile attempts to stave off death a commonly accepted interpretation. But the progression is similar to the stages throughout the day. Regardless of wealth, social position, or popularity, death arrives as an uninvited guest. He bore aloft a drawn dagger, and had approached, in rapid impetuosity, to within three or four feet of the retreating figure, when the latter, having attained the extremity of the velvet apartment, turned suddenly and confronted his pursuer.
The rooms are blue, purple, green, orange, white and violet. The gruesome description of the Red Death gives the color a ghastly connotation, especially in light of the red window panes contained in the death room at the far western end of the imperial suite. They are also lined from east to west. The Masque of Red Death People don't really have that much in common, but they do have one big thing in common, that is death. Throughout the story, Poe uses symbols such as the rooms, the masked figure, and the clock to convey the theme that no one can escape death. Each room, according to one theory, represents a stage in the life of man. There was much of the beautiful, much of the wanton, much of the bizarre, something of the terrible, and not a little of that which might have excited disgust.
The second chamber was purple in its ornaments and tapestries, and here the panes were purple. The ringing of the clock shows the passing of time and what all the guests fear as they fear that room. That at the eastern extremity was hung, for example, in blue -- and vividly blue were its windows. After Prince Prospero and his revelers noticed the individual in the costume of one who had died of the red death, that individual continued through the house to the back room, the one with the black decorations and red windows. As followers of Prince Prospero, they too have no desire to die and prefer to bask in the prosperity of life.
The other noblemen corner the stranger and unmask him. The rooms continue westward, according to this design, in the following color arrangement: green, orange, white, and violet. But in the black chamber, the tapestries are black, but the windows do not correspond with the color scheme: they are blood red. This version is an erotic, illustrated webcomic, set in the future. It differs in respect to Shakespeare's monologue insomuch that death symbolized by the sounding of the ebony clock oft intervenes in the six rooms preceding death. Once the chiming stops, everyone immediately resumes the masquerade.
And it's even more attention-getting than it would be otherwise because it stands out from the other rooms by having windows which don't match the walls. Poe: A Collection of Critical Essays. While the Red Death claims the lives of his subjects, Prince Prospero tries to escape from him by isolating himself and his followers in an abbey. Prince Prospero and his guests try to hide from death by partying but die in the end. There are some who would have thought him mad. The first room in which Prince Prospero enters is blue. The struggle between the Red Death and Prince Prospero serves as a symbol of the inevitability of death and humanitys fear of it.
Arranged in a row from east to west, the seven color-coded rooms in the abbey are considered symbolic of the progression of life. And the whole seizure, progress and termination of the disease, were the incidents of half an hour. As life goes by, death comes closer. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. Personally I don't think it a great piece of literature. New York City: Cambridge University Press.
Poe: A Collection of Critical Essays. The Red Death is a fictional plague sweeping through the land. These windows were of stained glass whose color varied in accordance with the prevailing hue of the decorations of the chamber into which it opened. One way that Poe uses symbolism is how he uses light and fire as a symbol for a guiding force through life. Prince Prospero's abbey consists of seven different and symbolic rooms.
This is also the location of the large ebony clock. The seven rooms, therefore, represent the life of all humans. Edgar Allan Poe: A to Z. They rang throughout the seven rooms loudly and clearly -- for the prince was a bold and robust man, and the music had become hushed at the waving of his hand. And Tb is what the three most important in Poe's life died of. The Cambridge Companion to Edgar Allan Poe. Violet a combination of purple and blue, or purple and grey is a shadowy color, and represents darkness and death.
Other audiobook recordings have featured , , and as readers. When the mysterious guest dramatizes his own version of revelry as the fear that cannot be spoken, he violates an implicit social rule of the masquerade. And black, obviously, is death. Prince Prospero rages through the seven rooms only to meet the same fate. Senses — Sight, Touch Analysis — Poe establishes the mood and setting of the story with the vivid description of the Red Death.
At every hour, it rang very loudly, the sound of which made all of the dancers stop dancing, the musicians stop playing, and everyone froze and stared at the clock with sheer terror. I couldn't get this to work as a hyperlink so. The imagery of blood and time throughout also indicates corporeality. The passage establishes the horror of the disease and explains why the guests would react to the blood stained intruder at the end of the story. Under this interpretation, Poe is seeking refuge from the dangers of the outside world, and his portrayal of himself as the only person willing to confront the stranger is emblematic of Poe's rush towards inescapable dangers in his own life.