2Horror, Suspense, Mystery ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Edgar Allan Poe ( )Known for what type of literature?Horror, Suspense, Mystery
3Other works by Poe include: CASK OF AMONTILLADOFALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHERMURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUETHE PIT AND THE PENDULUMANNABEL LEEELDORADOTHE RAVENTHE TELL-TALE HEART
4Literary Focus: Figurative Language Language enriched by word images and figures of speechDesigned to make the reader take an imaginative leap to understand the author’s point.Includes the use of similes, metaphors, personification, etc.
5Figurative LanguageDead Metaphor – Cliché – a phrase, expression or idea that has been overused to the point of losing its intended force or novelty.Applies also to almost any situation, subject, characterization that has become overly familiar or commonplace.Cliché in writing or speech can indicate a lack of creativity or sincerity.
61. Why do Prince Prospero and his followers retreat to his palace? To escape the Red Death Plague
7A series of 7 rooms in a zig-zag pattern 2. Describe in specific detail the series of rooms in which the Masquerade Ball takes place.A series of 7 rooms in a zig-zag pattern
8Going from East to West: BluePurpleGreenOrangeWhiteVioletBlack
10To serve as lighting, there are large bowls of burning coals between the rooms. In the black room there stands a huge ebony grandfather clock.
11The decorations match the color of each room. There is a Gothic window in each room which panes match the color of the room.The black room’s window panes are the only exception: its panes are “blood” red.
123. Explain how the party is constantly disrupted. Every time the clock strikes off another hour, the orchestra stops playing and the people stop dancing.
13Inside Outside Wealth Poverty Fantasy Reality Life Death; Destruction 4. Compare life outside the palace with the life of the people Prospero brought inside.InsideOutsideWealthPovertyFantasyRealityLifeDeath; DestructionHappinessSorrowHealthDisease/SicknessHopeDespair
14He is prejudice against the poor. 5. What do you learn about Prospero's character from his desire to keep his palace free of the plague?He is afraid to die.He is prejudice against the poor.He thinks he can cheat death. (He thinks he can buy his way out.)
156. What mood or effect is created by the colors and the lighting in the rooms of the ball? It causes a dream-like effect.Fantasy
167. Why does the clock have such a dramatic effect on the dancers? It symbolizes reality; their lives slowly ticking away.
178. Why does the visitor frighten the guests? Because he suddenly and mysteriously appears out of nowhereBecause he looks like someone with the Red Death PlagueBecause he just stalks to and fro and doesn't talk
18Describe the intruder’s appearance and behavior. It has a tall, gaunt appearanceIt is “shrouded” with the “habiliments” of the deadIt resembles someone with the red death disease.Its face is dabbed in blood.
199. List 6 aspects of how Poe builds terror in the story: Description of the plague’s symptomsDoors welded shut; one couldn't leave even if one wanted toDim, pulsing lights from the burning coalsBlack room with the red panesAppearance and behavior of the intruderClock constantly stopping the party
20LITERARY FOCUS 10. A. Define Allegory: A type of story in which the characters, settings, and events are an interconnected series of SYMBOLS.The deeper or symbolic meaning of the story may contain a LESSON ABOUT LIFE.
21One cannot escape his or her fate or death. B. What is the allegorical lesson in the story? (write in the 3rd Person)One cannot escape his or her fate or death.
22SYMBOLS What might each Symbol from the story represent?
23He represents mankind's futile attempt to live forever. 11. Prince Prospero –Wealth; prosperityHe represents mankind's futile attempt to live forever.
2412. The masquerade –Fantasy; escaping from reality
25More specifically, the Red Death Plague 13. The masked figure –Death in general;More specifically, the Red Death Plague