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Symbols can play very important roles in the stories that contain them The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe has three major examples of symbols that help to give the story its true meaning The three main occurrences of symbolism are evident as a color number or a nameThe colors in the story show strongly the attitudes feelings or emotions that are occurring For example the western or black chamber distinctively indicates a sense of death especially when compared to the other six colorful chambers The panes were scarlet-a deep blood color Poe compares the color of the windowpanes to the color of blood which implies that blood may be a factor in the plot of the story As Prince Prospero runs from the Red Death he rushes hurriedly through all six rooms in which were six completely different colors The blue purple green white and violet chambers that the Prince ran through distributes the range of emotions that were racing through his head within those few moments before his death Numbers in the story indicate how the author wants the reader to feel Seven is a holy number which evil may be determined to destroy This perhaps is the reason that the Red Death was a plague of the seventh chamber He wanted to eliminate any holiness that could be in his way It is also told that the Red Death appeared at 12 oclock midnight Midnight is known as the witching hour This helps indicate that the Red Death is obviously a bad creature of the night If the symbols in these numbers were not known then the time and place of the plot of the story would have been meaninglessA persons name can also be a type of symbol Prince Prosperos name indicates a prince of prosperity The beginning of the story says that the Prince was a happy and dauntless and sagacious-the stereotypical life of a prince Later
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