No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal -- the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body and especially upon the face of the victim, were the pest ban which shut him out from the aid and from the sympathy of his fellow-men.
Even though this disease is spreading rampantly, the prince, Prospero, feels happy and hopeful. He decides to lock the gates of his palace in order to fend off the plague, ignoring the illness ravaging the land.
After several months, he throws a fancy masquerade ball. For this celebration, he decorates the rooms of his house in single colors. The easternmost room is decorated in blue, with blue stained-glass windows. The next room is purple with the same stained-glass window pattern.
The rooms continue westward, according to this design, in the following color arrangement: The seventh room is black, with red windows. Also in this room stands an ebony clock. When the clock rings each hour, its sound is so loud and distracting that everyone stops talking and the orchestra stops playing.
When the clock is not sounding, though, the rooms are so beautiful and strange that they seem to be filled with dreams, swirling among the revelers. Most guests, however, avoid the final, black-and-red room because it contains both the clock and an ominous ambience.
At midnight, a new guest appears, dressed more ghoulishly than his counterparts. His mask looks like the face of a corpse, his garments resemble a funeral shroud, and his face reveals spots of blood suggesting that he is a victim of the Red Death.
Prospero becomes angry that someone with so little humor and levity would join his party. The other guests, however, are so afraid of this masked man that they fail to prevent him from walking through each room. Prospero finally catches up to the new guest in the black-and-red room. As soon as he confronts the figure, Prospero dies.
When other party-goers enter the room to attack the cloaked man, they find that there is nobody beneath the costume. Everyone then dies, for the Red Death has infiltrated the castle. It features a set of recognizable symbols whose meanings combine to convey a message.
An allegory always operates on two levels of meaning: We can read this story as an allegory about life and death and the powerlessness of humans to evade the grip of death.
The Red Death thus represents, both literally and allegorically, death. No matter how beautiful the castle, how luxuriant the clothing, or how rich the food, no mortal, not even a prince, can escape death.
Although he possesses the wealth to assist those in need, he turns his wealth into a mode of self-defense and decadent self-indulgence. His decadence in throwing the masquerade ball, however, unwittingly positions him as a caged animal, with no possible escape.In the short story "The Masque of the Red Death," death plays a lead symbolic character.
But it is the color palette that Poe paints the rooms for the party that is . This is the official guide for Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death.
Access the journal (A) to review your notes and to use the map. Activate the camera (B) whenever you enter a new location; that location will then be added to the map. The Masque of the Red Death. THE "Red Death" had long devastated the country.
No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal -- the redness and the horror of blood.
"The Masque of the Red Death", originally published as "The Mask of the Red Death: A Fantasy", is an short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. The story follows Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid a dangerous plague, known as the Red Death, by hiding in his abbey.
THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH BY EDGAR ALLAN POE 7^WYS`f7Taa]e. COPYRIGHT INFORMATION Short Story: “The Masque of the Red Death” Author: Edgar Allan Poe, –49 First published: The original short story is in the public domain in the United States and in most, if not all, other countries as well.
Allegory in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” In the realm of literature, there are many rhetorical devices that shape the way a reader interprets a story.