2Why do Prince Prospero and his followers retreat to his palace? To escape the Red Death Plague
3Describe in specific detail the series of rooms in which the Masquerade Ball takes place. A series of 7 rooms in a zig-zag patternTo serve as lighting, there are large bowls of burning coals between the rooms.
4In the black room there stands a huge ebony grandfather clock. The 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.
5Explain how the party is constantly disrupted. Every time the clock strikes off another hour, the orchestra stops playing and the people stop dancing.
6Inside Outside Wealth Poverty Fantasy Reality Life Death; Destruction Compare life outside the palace with the life of the people Prospero brought inside.InsideOutsideWealthPovertyFantasyRealityLifeDeath; DestructionHappinessSorrowHealthDisease/SicknessHopeDespair
7He is prejudiced against the poor. 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 prejudiced against the poor.He thinks he can cheat death. (He thinks he can buy his way out.)
8What mood or effect is created by the colors and the lighting in the rooms of the ball? It causes a dream-like effect.Fantasy
9Why does the clock have such a dramatic effect on the dancers? It symbolizes reality; their lives slowly ticking away.
10Why 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
11List 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
12Allegory: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.
13Allegoryset of recognizable symbols whose meanings combine to convey a message.An allegory always operates on two levels of meaning:the literal elements of the plot (the colors of the rooms, for example) and their symbolic counterparts, which often involve large philosophical concepts (such as life and death).
14What is the allegorical lesson in the story? THEME: One cannot escape his or her fate or death.
15Symbolism Connects the theme Projected symbolism: The author writes without the intent to make things symbolic, but the reader can draw symbols from the story.Intended symbolism: The author writes with the intent to make things symbolic or representative of something else
16Symbolism connects the Theme Symbol: a person, animal, thing, event, or idea that represents something in addition to itselfheart = lovecross = religion or Christianityskull = deathred = passion, bloodwhite = purity, innocencewhat could symbolize life? death? freedom? joy? hate?***symbols help readers understand the meaning of the story by focusing on specific ideas related to the theme
17SYMBOLS What might each Symbol from the story represent?
18He represents mankind's futile attempt to live forever. Prince Prospero –Wealth; prosperityHe represents mankind's futile attempt to live forever.
20More specifically, the Red Death Plague The masked figure –Death in general;More specifically, the Red Death Plague
21The number 7 - The Seven Deadly Sins Gluttony - The overindulgence of anything.Envy- Jealousy of others.Lust - Impure thoughts and desires.Covetousness - The desire for others’ thingsAnger-fury, also known as wrathPride- An overconfidence in one’s self or one’s abilitiesSloth (Procrastination)- Laziness
22The number 7 -7; the world was created in 7 days; it symbolizes fullness, completion.Room 1 (in the east): blue (water-life begins in water in womb)Room 2: purple: royalty, power (children control, dominate family life)Room 3: green: growth, life (youth, maturationRoom 4: orange: fertility (adulthood; procreation & productivity)Room 5: white: purification (part of aging is finding meaning in life & becoming more spiritual)Room 6: violet: light purple (weakening power as result of aging body)Room 7: black/ red: evil, death, sorrow, lossFull spectrum of colors represents the stages of man’s life from birth to death.