Thursday, October 25, 2012

Literature for October :)

The Masque of the Red Death
by Edgar Allan Poe

In this poem there is a plague going on and many people begin to die in horrible devastating ways. The prince decides to invite some noble and have a gathering, avoiding the devastation  In the beginning he describes the palace, the hall ways, and rooms. Then he describes closed corridors, each with different colored stained windows according to the decorations of the decorations following that  corridor. Mentioned is blue, purple, green, orange, white, violet, and black except the back one had scarlet windows. He talks about the guests enjoying their time until the clock strikes each hour, and no matter what everyone felt uneasy and odd about it. Then at the strike of twelve a masked man came, which was not out of the ordinary but his presence itself got all of the guests scared except the prince. He got irritated by him and told the people to take him and uncover his face so they knew who he was when they hung him, but no one followed his orders. The masked man walked through each corridor and the prince followed, until he got to the black corridor which everyone avoided. When he got there the prince died, then everyone came after him and when they got in the room everyone died until the last one was dead, and the masked man was gone and the candles that illuminated the palace had finished

**I've heard of Edgar Allan Poe from my brother so when I saw this poem I decided to read it, knowing about his style of writing of grief/grotesque.I would like to interpret this poem as telling the reader that no one is able to avoid death, no matter how you try and avoid it by trying to forget about the troubles. There were seven corridors in total. I would like to interpret each one as one of the deadly sins. Although their are some similar colors that represent them, like green for envy, orange for gluttony, blue for lust/sloth, and purple for pride, their is still black, white, and violet left and anger, greed left over too. "It was in the blue room where stood the prince, with a group of pale courtiers by his side." I believe that this room represented sloth. Sloth of avoiding death and not doing anything and just bid their time away.

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