The Masque of the Red Death is an allegorical story written by Edgar Allan Poe. This story is about Prince Prospero who tried to save himself of a dangerous disease (known as the Red Death) but he end up dying in his castle along with his friends. This allegorical story is divided in meaningful points which are represented in relevant symbols such as the clock, which represents time; the seven chambers, which stand for seven life stages of humans; the characters, which correspond to different reactions of people facing difficulties; and the Prospero’s dance of life, which means a religion concept related with the holy trinity.
In Professor Brett Zimmerman’s analysis, I agree in his way of interpreting the theme of Poe’s story. He started by describing an interpretation of another reader (Jean-Paul Weber) about the time theory, “I would like to build on and extend some of Weber’s insights and this strengthen his interpretation about the time and clock imagery and the allegorical nature of that late” (Zimmerman 1). Time is represented by a big clock which rang every hour making everybody stop what they were doing and after it ended, they came back to their activities “while the chime of the clock yet rang, it was observed that the giddiest grew pale… but when the echoes had fully ceased, a light laughter at once pervaded the assembly” (Poe 209). I believe the clock is a metaphor to the time that is slowly approaching Prince Prospero to die.
In addition, Professor Zimmerman supports his idea by exposing the meaning of the seven rooms in the castle which is related to time “The seven rooms taken together form a half circle, one half of a clock’s face, with each representing one of the seven hours between six o’clock p.m. and twelve inclusive” (3). He gets this idea because of the size of each room was proportionally exactly between 20 or 30 yards around “he was an amateur mathematician, so he likely would have been precise about the mathematics… he would not have chosen the figures of thirty and twenty yards randomly” (3). However, Professor Zimmerman mentions other observations from other readers about the seven rooms that have a different concepts from him and compare them to his own “These seven rooms stand for the “the seven ages of man” (Roppolo, Ketterer, Vanderbilt). 1 Mabbot suggests “the seven days of the week, the seven deadly sins, and even seven parts of a day” (766)” (3) and “My interpretation does not necessarily preclude those others, but seven is inevitable number of rooms we must have if the abbey is shaped like half a clock” (4). I agree with Zimmerman’s response to the other interpretation of the seven chambers because I see it as life stages or like Zimmerman related with time; however, each person has a different point of view to interpret symbols.
That at the eastern extremity was hung, for example, in blue-and vividly blue went its windows. The second chamber was purple in its ornaments and tapestries, and here the panes were...