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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Gothic Colours: The Masque of the Red Death

The Masque of the Red Death is a short story witten by Edgar Allan Poe first published in May 1864. It tells the story of the Prince Prospero and a thousand nobles who take refuge in a walled abbey to escape The Red Death, which is a plague devastating the country. Colour symbolism plays an important role in the story. A great variety of hues are used: red, black, ebony, purple, green, orange, white and violet. The number Seven is also widely featured. Seven could refer to Shakespeare's Seven Ages of Man or to the Seven Deadly Sins.
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Symbolism in The Masque of the Red Death

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