The Masque of the Red Death

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The Masque of the Red Death”

Edgar Allan Poe

Allegory is a form of extended metaphor, in which objects, persons, and actions in a narrative, are equated with the meanings that lie outside the narrative itself. The underlying meaning has moral, social, religious, or political significance, and characters are often personifications of abstract ideas as charity, greed, or envy.
Thus an allegory is a story with two meanings, a literal meaning and a symbolic meaning.
▪ “Masque of the Red Death” is an allegorical story; while reading, try to identify what certain characters, objects, and actions may represent.

Person, Object, or Action

Details from story

Symbolic representation

Prince Prospero


Different Colored Rooms

The Masquerading of the Guests

The Masked Guest


Pestilence Fatal Avatar Dissolution Hale Sagacious Revery

Buffoon Contagion Dominions

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