Monday, 2 February 2015

The Masque of the Red Death

The masque of the red death is a short story written by Edger Allen Poe. The story is a about Prince who tries to avoid a dangerous plague known as the Red Death by hiding in his abbey. One of the most things I liked in this short story is the color resemblance of each single room from the 7 rooms located in his abbey. I also was amazed by the way the rooms were located from east to west and that this order is said to be like this because the sun rises from the east, symbolizing birth, and the sunsets from the west, symbolizing death. The first room's color is blue this color suggests the "unknown" from which a human being comes into the world. The second color is purple which resembles the beginnings of growth. Followed by green colored room which shows youth, next room is orange that represents the summer and autumn of life. The white room follows and shows aging (white hair), next comes the violet room which represents both darkness and death. Finally the seventh door which is located farthest to the west resembles death. In this story the way that Edger Allen Poe used allegory is brilliant, the way how everything is extended into real life. I advise you to read this amazing short story written by Edger Allen Poe, and give me your reflection on this short story in the comments section.


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