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In Edgar Allen Poes story The Masque of the Red Death he uses symbolism of the rooms time and the red death to portray his theme that no one can escape deathThe masque was held in Prince Prosperos imperial suite that consisted of seven different and symbolic rooms The fact that there where seven rooms was symbolic in itself Many believe that the world was created in seven days It was also said that there are seven stages in a persons life I think Poe used the number of rooms in accordance with the stages of life The rooms were arranged from east to west with the same process which we measure time In the east the room was blue as day and the western room was black as if the sun had set hours ago The rooms were not arranged so one could see completely into the future rooms Poe stated The apartments were so irregularly disposed that the vision embraced but little more than one at a time There was a sharp turn at every twenty or thirty yards and at each turn a novel effect I think Poe shows that the path of life is not easily predictable Each stage was different and had a novel effect The windows in each room were colored the same as room it looked upon except the windows in the black room The windows in this room cast a scarlet hue on the giant ebony clock on the western wall Poe used this color to link the relationship of time and The ebony clock at the end of the seven rooms signified the end of life If it was possible to look through all seven rooms and see the clock on the wall it would be the same as looking down the barrel of a gun and finding the bullet of a timely but certain death The hourly bellow of the clock ceased the orchestra and
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