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“The Masque of the Red Death”. Edgar Allan Poe. SYMBOLISM. Prince Prospero = prosperity Prosperity (n.) – the condition of enjoying wealth, success, or good fortune Red Death = The bubonic plague; Black Death (pg. 372). SYMBOLISM cont. The number 7 7 stages of life

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The masque of the red death

“The Masque of the Red Death”

Edgar Allan Poe


Symbolism

SYMBOLISM

  • Prince Prospero = prosperity

  • Prosperity (n.) – the condition of enjoying wealth, success, or good fortune

  • Red Death = The bubonic plague; Black Death (pg. 372)


Symbolism cont

SYMBOLISM cont.

  • The number 7

    • 7 stages of life

    • 7 wonders of the world

    • 7 deadly sins

  • The 7 rooms

    • East to west room layout; sunrise/sunset= life/death


Sybolism cont

SYBOLISM cont.

  • Colors

  • 1. Blue

  • 2. Purple

  • 3. Green

  • 4. Orange

  • 5. White

  • 6. Violet


Symbolism cont1

SYMBOLISM cont.

  • Color

  • Black room with scarlet window panes

    • “The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls, falling in heavy folds upon a carpet of the same material and hue. The panes were scarlet—a deep blood color.” page 370

  • The giant ebony clock

    • Time standing still; death


Mood tone

Mood/Tone

  • Mood- “…for night is waning away…the sounding of midnight upon the clock”

  • Tone- Reread the first paragraph…what kind of story will this be just from the wording? pg. 369

  • Suspense- Who/what is the mysterious “man”?

  • Point of View- Third person


Theme

THEME???

What is it?


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Q & A

  • You will have 5 minutes to answer each question. You must stop when the time is up.

  • After the fourth question is answered, we will share our answers.

  • You will hand in your answers before you leave class.


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#1

  • Question 1

  • Can people make their own fate or change what seems to be preordained to happen? Explain your answer.


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#2

  • Question 2

  • List as many sport teams you can think of that are named after animals. Next, identify what qualities each animal can symbolize for a team.


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#3

  • Question 3

  • Imagine how society would handle a plague in the present day. Could all victims be isolated before the plague spread? What problems would be created by international travelers?


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#4

  • Question 4—With a partner!

  • Rewrite a section of “The Masque of the Red Death” from Death’s point-of-view.


The masque of the red death

  • Turn in what you completed today.

  • Thank you!

  • Reminder--HW: Unit 2 workbook exercises are due tomorrow.


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