A well-known author, Edgar Allan Poe in his "The Masque of Red Death" managed to create an atmosphere of horror, mostly relying on gloom as his weapon. When reading the novel we’re impressed with how individuals deal with the fear of death. Frantic activities and pleasures are aimed at walling out the threat of death. By the way, the story reminds the audience that death comes just like a thief in the night, so even those who seek safety and peace will never escape.
Poe makes use of symbolism for the purpose of illustrating that people are unable to hide from their own mortality. We can even say that the Red Death stands for death in general. It can be assumed by the nature of the illness. No cure could be discovered for the Red Death and all whom got it eventually passed away.
Apparently, the fortress designed by Prince Prospero to separate himself as well as his guests from the Red Death, symbolizes his natural human desire to escape death. Just as human beings try to avoid the topic of death by means of business and with material goods, the prince provides offers guests all the appliances of pleasure. Notwithstanding all of these precautions, death actually rules over all because the Red Death is capable of sneaking into the fortress and claiming every life within it. Liz Brent is assured that the entire masquerade ball can be perceived as a sort of allegory for the ways in which folks try to distract themselves from thoughts of their inevitable mortality by simply indulging in earthly pleasures. The guest's isolation provided them with a life of false security, while their superficial pleasures distracted them from the actual contemplation of death.
By simply focusing on their own necessity for entertainment, they were capable of ignoring the devastation, which takes place outside of their walls. Poe employed the rooms of the fortress exactly as a universal symbol of the progression of a human life. The fortresses design boasts seven different rooms. Some critics suggest that Poe seems to represent those rooms to allegorically represent Prince Prospero's life span. The greatest piece of evidence for it is the order where Poe arranged the rooms.
The first room can be discovered in the far eastern side of the mansion, while the last one finds itself in the far western side. Since the sun rises in the east and respectively sets in the west every day, the arrangement of the rooms drops at the beginning and also the end of life.
A well-known author, Edgar Allan Poe in his "The Masque of Red Death" managed to create an atmosphere of horror, mostly relying on gloom as his weapon. When reading the novel we’re impressed with how individuals deal with the fear of death. Frantic activities and pleasures are aimed at walling out the threat of death.