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Thesis Poe uses symbolism to unfold this gripping tale of terror I The first symbol in the story is the name of the Prince himself Prince Prospero II The ebony clock is another major symbol within this tale III The black room is the most prominent symbol in the story but is not clear until the end The mood of this story is set as a description of the Red Death is laid out for the reader The Red Death had long devastated the country No pestilence had ever been so fatal or hideous Poe 72 This disease left scarlet stains upon it victims skin Any victim of this disease was totally shunned by his fellow man The final throws of this Red Death were an agonizing half hour of torment and seizure Prince Prospero could no longer bear witness to this so in fear of his life he took himself one thousand of his royal comrades and enough servants for all to a secluded abbey He was sure the seclusion from the Red Death would save his life He was wrong Poe uses his supporting character Prince Prospero to show the wealth of royalty in this story This characters speaks of wealth and happiness Prosperos wealth was so vast that he was easily able to support one thousand of his royal comrades hundreds of servants and a seemingly endless number of parties However it is very ironic that the prince of prosperity was the first to die He was murdered by the main character of the story The Red Death itself I believe this was to show the reader that one can not turn their back to societys problems without feeling the effects The giant ebony clock screamed with the symbolism of the groups short amount of time left in this world This clock had an over powering chime every hour The chime paused its victims with disconcert and trepidation This
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