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Masquerade Of The Red Death Essay

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Yashley Pagan Pagan 1Mr. KautzHonors American Literature27 October 2014Pagan 2Masque of the Red DeathIn the "Masque of the Red Death," Poe uses the setting, characterization, and metaphor to show that death can be unexpected and unavoidable.The author, Edgar Allen Poe, uses setting to represent death and show that it is unexpected. In the passage, he uses different colors to represent each room in the castle. The first room is a light blue color but when the author gets to the last room he describes it with being a deep blood color. I can infer that the author wanted the reader to see how death represents evil be he specifically used a deep red and deep red can represent darkness, evil, blood, horror, etc. Poe describes the seventh room:"But in this chamber only, the color of the windows failed to correspond with the decorations. The panes here were scarlet- a deep blood color. Now in no one of the seven apartments was there any lamp, amid the profusion of golden ornaments that lay scattered to and fro or depended from the roof. There was no light of any kind emanating from lamp within the suite of chambers. But in the rooms that followed the suite, there stood, opposite to each window… bearing a brazier of fire that protected its ray through the tinted glass and so glaringly illumined the room." (Poe 2).Poe emphasizes that the room was lite up by a lamp and that the other rooms didn't have a lamp to brighten up the room, however the last room was described as having a deep blood color to it which was very specific compared to a plain blue or orange room. This shows that Edgar wanted to show how the deep blood colored room needed a lamp to brighten it up because it was so dark in it compared to the other rooms that didn't need lighting. I can infer that the author di this because he wanted the reader to see how death is unexpected and unavoidable because he used the lamp in only one room. This shows that death is unexpected because it was unexpected to have only one room and deep color with a lamp in it while the other rooms were plain and didn't need a lamp to brighten it up. A deep blood color represents death, so to have an unexpected object in an unexpected colored room; it can be a sign that death is also unexpected. The way the author decided to structure his setting by placing the rooms from brightest to darkest and ending with a deep blood color shows how he wanted to tell the reader that no matter how much you continue to go down an evil path you will end up with death. The last room was used to represent death and show that it is unavoidable with evil.The Red Death represented by a man wearing a mask is used to show how death is unavoidable and unexpected. Edgar Allen Poe decides to use a person wearing a mask to represent the disease Red Death. While everyone was enjoying the masquerade ball an unexpected man shows up and disrupts the party:"And thus, too, it happened, perhaps, that before the last echoes of the last chime had...

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