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The Masque of the Red Death a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe is truly a frightening story that includes many symbols dealing with life and death Each symbol gives a great deal of significance to the story and helps to enhance the lesson being taught Symbolism found in the story is the ebony clock the fact that the rooms represent the life cycle and the black room alone The ebony clock hid in the dark forsaken western room of black velvet and scarlet portholes that allow one to gape amid the outside world represents life and demise The chiming of this timepiece corresponds to life Its pendulum swung to and fro with a dull heavy monotonous clang and there was a brief disconcert of the whole gay company Each musical resonance is time passed by and this terrifies the guests because each one is vexed by the fact that they could possibly depart this existence Following each chime comes a great stillness in the room The echo vibrates the house as if it was and earthquake and the people within the house tremble with fear Its as if these visitors are awaiting death With each peal their dreams recess until the last melodic tone is made The minuet and the hour hand could possibly represent Price Prospero and the veiled figure which in this story is the Red Death At the end of the story the masked figure was said to have been standing erect and motionless within the shadow of the ebony clock at about twelve o clock As the Prince approached this shrouded figure he fell to his death and life ended with its age and process The ebony clock gives meaning to the story because the story is dealing with life and death The clock signifies the process of existence and death Each chime symbolizes one more hour of subsistence surpassed The clock is one of the most important items
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