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.
Plot summary[ edit ] Illustration of Prince Prospero confronting the "Red Death" by Arthur RackhamThe story takes place at the castellated abbey of the "happy and dauntless and sagacious" Prince Prospero. Prospero and 1, other nobles have taken refuge in this walled abbey to escape the Red Death, a terrible plague with gruesome symptoms that has swept over the land.
Victims are overcome by "sharp pains", "sudden dizziness", and " profuse bleeding at the pores ", and die within half an hour. Prospero and his court are indifferent to the sufferings of the population at large; they intend to await the end of the plague in luxury and safety behind the walls of their secure refuge, having welded the doors shut.
Prospero holds a masquerade ball one night to entertain his guests in seven colored rooms of the abbey. Each of the first six rooms is decorated and illuminated in a specific color: The last room is decorated in black and is illuminated by a scarlet light, "a deep blood color" cast from its stained glass windows.
Because of this chilling pairing of colors, very few guests are brave enough to venture into the seventh room. A large ebony clock stands in this room and ominously chimes each hour, upon which everyone stops talking or dancing and the orchestra stops playing.
Once the chiming stops, everyone immediately resumes the masquerade. At the chiming of midnight, the revelers and Prospero notice a figure in a dark, blood-splattered robe resembling a funeral shroud. Gravely insulted, Prospero demands to know the identity of the mysterious guest so they can hang him.
The guests, too afraid to approach the figure, instead let him pass through the six chambers.
The Prince pursues him with a drawn dagger and corners the guest in the seventh room. When the figure turns to face him, the Prince lets out a sharp cry and falls dead. The enraged and terrified revelers surge into the black room and forcibly remove the mask and robe, only to find to their horror that there is nothing underneath.
Only then do they realize the figure is the Red Death itself, and all of the guests contract and succumb to the disease. The final line of the story sums up, "And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all".
Illustration by Aubrey Beardsley— The imagery of blood and time throughout also indicates corporeality. Its maze-like design and tall and narrow windows become almost burlesque in the final black room, so oppressive that "there were few of the company bold enough to set foot within its precincts at all".
Poe describes it as causing "sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores" leading to death within half an hour. Like the character Prince Prospero, Poe tried to ignore the fatality of the disease.
Alternatively, the Red Death may refer to cholera ; Poe would have witnessed an epidemic of cholera in Baltimore, Maryland in A radio reading was performed by Winifred Phillipswith music she composed.
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The Masque of the Red Death. by Edgar Allan Poe (published ) THE "Red Death" had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous.
Blood was its Avator 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. Death in Edgar Allan Poe's Life and The Masque of the Red Death As a man surrounded by death and horrible happenings, it is no wonder that almost the entire collection of Edgar Allan Poe's works is about death.
The Masque of The Red Death and The Tell-Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe The two short stories by Edgar Allan Poe - The Masque of the Red Death and The Tell-Tale Heart, have some rather important differences but mostly share the same tone/mood, themes and other stylistic ways.
“The Masque of the Red Death” is an allegory. It features a set of recognizable symbols whose meanings combine to convey a message. 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).