Monday, November 4, 2013

Masque of Red Death Question

What possible significance could there be in the fact that Red Death travels from the East (blue) room to the West (black) room? (100 words/ in text citation)

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  1. Blue is the color of the sky in the early morning. It is very subtle and almost not noticed. The color black is the color of the night, and the end of the day. Black is extremely recognizable because not light bounces off something the color black. When we have the transition of the day it also represents the beginning of life to the end of life. The red death travels from room to room and the colors represent the color of the day (Poe). The sun also travels from east to west, as does the figure. In ancient egypt, people were afraid of the west side of the Nile because it was where the sun set.

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      Poe, Edgar. The Complete Works of Poe. eBook.

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  2. A possible significance could be that there is light and happiness in every room except for the black room, which gives off a scarlet glow. This is important because the stages of life are usually happy but most people fear death and give it a bad tone to it, thus making it a "black" subject compared to other colors. Black is given to be a dark and depressing color, and that people usually don't want to be sad. Even when someone else dies, everyone that knew the person that passed is depressed, and human nature really doesn't want us to be sad.

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      Poe, Edgar Allen. Trans. Array. "The Masque of Red Death". The Works of Edgar Allen Poe-Volume 2. Raven Edition. FQ_Books. 2010. 164-172. Print.

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  3. A significance that the way the figure travels when killing and the order the colors are in is that, it could represent the colors of life. When a baby is born, you think of a light blue(or pink). The next couple of colors are purple, green and orange and these could represent the middle of somebody's life. For example, being a teenager through maybe their 40's. Next comes white, this represents oldness and pure. Then violet, showing that your life is soon coming to an end. Finally ending with black, which is death. Its your whole lifetime in colors, and the unmasked figure is slowly killing it, stage by stage. Our life is slowly dying because of this figure... because of the Red Death.


    Worked Cited: Poe, Edgar Allan. "The masque of the Red Death". Works of Allan Poe Volume 2. (pages: 346- 348)

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  4. The possible significance is that the blue room is light, representing the good. As the rooms go on, the colors get darker. The last room symbolizes darkness, death, and the bad.
    The sun rises in the east, and sets in the west. Starting with light and ending with darkness, much like the colors of the room. The black room, representing darkness and death, is where the figure is going, because the blackness is what the figure is. When the sun sets, or the day ends, the light goes away, and so does life. This is why everyone died when the figure got to the west black room.

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  5. I think it is because of the life and death aspect correlated to the life cycle of a star. Stars typically start out as blue and most commonly end in the formation of a black hole. Whilst going through the rooms, the guests come across a white and orange room, which are cycles towards the ends of the life of a star. As there is no point in a stars life cycle where it is purple (If Only), the purple and violet rooms could represent royalty as stars have been considered gods.

    Works Cited: Poe, Edgar Allan. "The Masque of the Red Death". Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 2, FQ Books. 2010. 199. Print.

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  6. As the Red Death travels through the rooms as the sun travels through the sky. He starts at the beginning or in the morning. And continues toward the center or toward noon. As he reaches the black room or night, the day is starting to end and so is the ordeal. He enters the night, and the day ends. As it travels it also shows the progress of life. Blue is used for babies when they are born, and the colors continue to represent age until the end of life comes, or black. This end is manifested through the guests’ deaths (Seretis).

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  7. The Red Death had significance in traveling from the blue room to the black room because it follows the aging of a human. You are often at peace when you are little, and blue represents peace and serenity. In preteen phases you are usually joyful, represented by purple, green, and orange. You are also considered pure, which is symbolized as white. When you grow and adapt, you reach the prime of your life, represented by violet, a seemingly rich color. Finally, death is symbolized as black as that is the standard color worn at funerals to respect the dead.

    Works Cited: Poe, Edgar Allan. "The Masque of the Red Death." Trans. Array The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 2. Raven Edition, FQ Books, 2010. 177-185. Print.

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  8. The fact that the rooms were different colors was significant. This is because it represents life and death. The first room being birth, the last being death. It is metaphorical for death (Poe 347 - 368). The rooms in between are the stages of life, all inevitably lead to the black room, hence, death. The reason it goes from east to west is for the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Like someone’s life, starting and ending. Poe’s true purpose in writing the Masque of Red Death is hidden in the rooms, the inevitability of death.

    Poe, Edgar. The Masque of Red Death. 2. 2010. 347 - 368. Print.

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  9. There is significance in the fact that the Red Death travels from the blue room all the way to the black room and then dies because in a way it’s representing the stages of life. The rooms are all a stage of life and as the masked figure walks through the rooms one by one his is fine the whole time until he gets to the last room, the black room, and he dies. That is why no one ever wants to go into the black room, the people always had a feeling about it but, never realized the room meant death until the “Red Death” came in.

    Works Cited
    Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Masque of the Red Death” Trans. Array The Works of Edgar Allan Poe- Volume 2. Raven Edition, FQ Books, 2010. 177-185. Print.

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  10. The significance lies in the meanings of the rooms. Each room represents a different stage of life and as people move through the rooms towards they also move through time. This is the reason that “There was a sharp cry—and the dagger dropped gleaming upon the sable carpet, upon which, instantly afterwards, fell prostrate in death the Prince Prospero.” (Poe 258). The first room represents birth and the last room represents death. The Red Death moves through these rooms to lead the party goers to their fate in the last room. The Red Death is also capable of staying in the last room because he is the reason for the death of all those who walk in.

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  11. The For one, the colors are arranged from East to West (Poe 653-657). This is significant because the sun travels from East to West, and the colors are arranged in a sort of order that it kind of represents the colors of the sky as the day goes on. When the notable masked figure, it can resemble that death is everywhere and is present all day every day, even in daytime when we think it is most safe. However when it reaches the blackroom everyone starts to get even more scared and try to unmask him (Poe 679-681). This may symbolize that we are more scared and take more notice to death and fear at night.

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    1. Works Cited
      Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Masque of the Red Death” Trans. Array The Works of Edgar Allan Poe- Volume 2. Raven Edition, FQ Books, 2010. 646-681. Print.

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  12. The significance that the Red Death traveled from east to west lied in the actual colors of the rooms, which were blue, purple, green, orange, green, white, violet, and black (Poe 178-179). The blue room symbolizes both the Sun rising in the east in the morning and a person’s life just beginning. The purple, green, and orange rooms symbolize a child maturing past their young adulthood to become middle-aged, much like how the Sun reaches midday. The white and violet rooms symbolize old age and life is about to be over, meaning the Sun is about to set. The black room symbolizes death and the Sun setting in the west.

    Poe, Edgar Allan. Trans. Array. "The Masque of Red Death". The Works of Edgar Allan Poe-Volume 2. Raven Edition. FQ Books. 2010. 164-172. Print.

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  13. There is significance in the figure moving from east to west and from the blue room to the black room. The sun rises in the East and brings forth the new day. The rising of the sun might symbolize a new beginning and a fresh start. As the sun goes across the sky, the day is getting later, almost dying. As the sun reaches the West, it symbolizes the end. The end of the day, the end of life. Also, the colors have some significance as well. At dawn, the sky is a light blue. As it gets higher it turns to a shade of purple in the still early morning. Green represents the middle of the day, and orange is the shining sun. White could be the setting sun, and violet is the end of the day before blackness.

    Poe, Edgar Allen. Trans. Array. "The Masque of Red Death". The Works of Edgar Allen Poe-Volume 2. Raven Edition. FQ_Books. 2010. 164-172. Print

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  14. There is a significance because is moving east to west just like the Sun. The Sun represents light and after light there is darkness also signifying why he moved from lighter colored rooms to darker colored rooms (Poe). The figure was representing death and how you can't hide from it. At the
    end of the day there is darkness and in this case the darkness is death. That's why at midnight the people started to die. Slowly they all did showing hat no one can escape death. Now the colors get darker and darker as the sky changes from light blue to black just like in the story death travels across the rooms until he's in the black one.

    Poe, Edgar Allen. Trans. Array. "The Masque of Red Death". The Works of Edgar Allen Poe-Volume 2. Raven Edition. FQ_Books. 2010. 164-172. Print

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  15. The significance of the masked figure walking across the corridor is the beginning of a new life to death. It traveled from east to west in this color order: blue, purple, green, orange, green, white, violet, and black(Poe 178-179). The blue room symbolizes a person’s life beginning. The purple, green, and orange rooms symbolize a child maturing past their young adulthood to become middle-aged, as the figure reaches halfway through the colors. The white and violet rooms symbolize old age and life is about to be over. The black room symbolizes death, which is why everyone had died at midnight.

    Poe, Edgar Allan. Trans. Array. "The Masque of Red Death". The Works of Edgar Allan Poe-Volume 2. Raven Edition. FQ Books. 2010. 164-172. Print.

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  16. The fact that “Red Death” travels from east to west has many different meanings. One of the ones that seems the most realistic is the fact that “Red Death” travels that way almost like a setting sun. The sun rises on the east and sets on the western horizon, just like how the figure traveled through the rooms. The figure starts on the eastern rom and progresses towards the east room. The story gets stranger when he reaches the black room and everyone in that room dies. The sunset is almost like a sunset of death. When the sun sets, everyone dies and the whole party is wiped out.

    Poe, Edgar Allen. Trans Array. "The Masque of Red Death." The Works of Edgar Allen Poe Volume 2. Raven Edition. FQ Books. 2012. 164-172. Print.

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  17. The significance in the fact that the Red Death travels from the blue to black rooms involves that it is one's life passing by before the people. It describes that death was always there, at the beginning, whenever that may be, During the good and happy times, death was always there, and even in the terrible times, where you now are, where death now takes you. The Red Death is not who the death is, the red is only part of the whole that is death. This shows how we are always being puppeted almost by the terrors of the world. (Master of Puppets 2)

    Hetfield, James, writ. "Master of Puppets." Writ. Cliff Burton. Writ. Lars Ulrich Writ. Kirk Hammett Master of Puppets. 02 Jul 1986. Radio.

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  18. In the masque of the red death the rooms are all different colors to be exact the colors are blue, purple, green, orange, green, white, violet, and black. At the start they symbolize a new day and as they get to orange, it is symbolizes the sun rising and once when they get to white and green it shows the middle of the day. The people aren't as eager to unmask the man. However, when they get to black it is the most grim and everyone wants to unmask the man and soon everyone dies.

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  19. As the Red Death travels from one room to the next via the doors that lead from one room to the next, it could signify that the day has gone for the partygoers as the colors go from bright colors to darker colors, blue (dawn), to purple (spring alt.), green (summer), orange (fall/autumn), white (winter), violet (royalty/dusk), and then black (night), the lives of all the party goers have come to a close. Also, it could signify that the whole time these people tried to shut Death out, from dawn to dusk, throughout the seasons, he’s been with them, waiting to take them.

    Works Cited
    Poe, Edgar Allan. Trans. Comp. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume 2, Raven Edition. 177-185. ??? Books, 2010.

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  20. In "The Masque of Red Death," Poe describes seven chambers, the east most being blue and the west most being black. The figure travels from the blue room to the black room, and when he reaches the black room, everyone dies (Poe, 505). This walk symbolizes the sun rising in the blue sky to the east in the morning and setting in the dark black sky to the west in the evening. It is symbolic of the lives of the guests rising, setting, and then disappearing. Poe is trying to tell the reader that death can not be avoided and that it always lurking right behind your back, waiting for the right moment to strike.

    Works Cited
    Poe, Edgar Allan. "The Masque of Red Death." The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe. Vol. 2. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 501-28. Print.

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  21. Much like Jakob Brown, I believe that it has to do with the colors going through representing the day, and the direction of the sun having to do with the direction at which the masked figure proceeded to go through. As the day goes from a light blue to black, it represents the passing of time through the day, starting soft and subtle, and ending in blackness, and death. This is backed up by the fact that the red death walked from east to west, the direction the sun goes.

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  22. The significance of the rooms in the Mask of Red Death can be the life of a human, birth to death. Blue is a pure color and could represent the innocence of a child. The next colors increasingly get brighter, like a human maturing and getting older. When you get to the white room you can begin to see the aging of someone, like grey hair and finally the darker colors of violet and black can represent the ending of a person’s life. The figure can be seen going through all these rooms and demolishing everyone in the end, erasing all the colors they ever were until they are just endless black.


    Works Cited: Poe, Edgar Allan. "The Masque of the Red Death." Trans. Array The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 2. Raven Edition, FQ Books, 2010. 177-185. Print.

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  23. I believe that the blue transitioning to black is representing a person’s life. When someone is born, they are young and innocent, the blue, but as time goes on, they make more and more mistakes and live more and more of their lives until they die, the black. The red death travels from room to room until it reaches the black room, and in this room, when Prospero’s guests go in, they meet their inevitable demise (Poe). To me, this is representing the death of a person through a metaphor and the guests’ mistake of following the red death and thinking they could escape from inevitable doom.

    Poe, Edgar Allan. "The Masque of the Red Death." Trans. Array The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 2. Raven Edition, FQ Books, 2010. 177-185. Print.

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