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The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

the mask of the red death short story

Instead, they merely look into the surrounding closed corridors, indicating the willful ignorance of the partygoers, who have shut themselves away and refuse to face the truth. The story's imagery is just as wonderfully weird and dramatic. There was food to eat and wine to drink. The first room had blue cloth hangings on the wall — and blue were its windows. As soon as it was over they would start laughing and having fun again. The stranger started to walk toward the second room. But the echoes of the chime die away -- they have endured but an instant -- and a light, half-subdued laughter floats after them as they depart.

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The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

the mask of the red death short story

Written by Trivia In Spain hadn't a theatrical release until 1983, 19 years later. His mask provoked fear and disgust. Being reminded that nobody escapes death just doesn't get any more fun than this. With such precautions the courtiers might bid defiance to contagion. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. And the sickness lasted, from beginning to the end, no more than half an hour. The second chamber was purple in its ornaments and tapestries, and here the panes were purple.

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The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

the mask of the red death short story

Then Prince Prospero screamed, dropped the knife, and fell dead on the ground. 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. The dreams are stiff-frozen as they stand. The story achieves credibility simply through Poe's powerful unity of effect that he creates so marvelously. And thus, too, it happened, perhaps, that before the last echoes of the last chime had utterly sunk into silence, there were many individuals in the crowd who had found leisure to become aware of the presence of a masked figure which had arrested the attention of no single individual before. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous.

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The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

the mask of the red death short story

There are some who would have thought him mad. And the rumor of this new presence having spread itself whisperingly around, there arose at length from the whole company a buzz, or murmur, expressive of disapprobation and surprise -- then, finally, of terror, of horror, and of disgust. The motive of blood appears frequently and together with the red color that is inserted into the story from the title symbolizes death as well as life. But in the western or back chamber the effect of the fire-light that streamed upon the dark hangings through the blood-tinted panes was ghastly in the extreme, and produced so wild a look upon the countenances of those who entered, that there were few of the company bold enough to set foot within its precincts at all. The 'Red Death' had long devastated the country. This was an extensive and magnificent structure, the creation of the prince's own eccentric yet august taste. The courtiers, having entered, brought furnaces and massy hammers and welded the bolts.

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The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

the mask of the red death short story

The second chamber was purple in its ornaments and tapestries, and here the panes were purple. The whole company, indeed, seemed now deeply to feel that in the costume and bearing of the stranger neither wit nor propriety existed. There were seven - an imperial suite, In many palaces, however, such suites form a long and straight vista, while the folding doors slide back nearly to the walls on either hand, so that the view of the whole extant is scarcely impeded. And if you're into solving puzzles, the story's got enough allusion and symbolism to keep you figuring it out for a good long while. The mask entered into the room and a scream was heard.

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The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

the mask of the red death short story

When his dominions were half depopulated, he summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court, and with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his crenellated abbeys. After the last man went down, the big clock stopped working. The apartments were so irregularly disposed that the vision embraced but little more than one at a time. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all. In this apartment is also a giant ebony clock, whose pendulum swings ominously and whose hourly ringing is so disturbing that it invariably disconcerts the musicians, dancers, and other revelers, causing everyone to pause until the chimes fade away, at which point everyone nervously resumes their actions. How should leaders deal with major problems like diseases in their countries? The bright red spots upon the body and especially upon the face of the sick man made other men turn away from him, afraid to try to help. Blood was its mark — the redness and the horror of blood.

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The Masque of the Red Death

the mask of the red death short story

Pull off his mask so that we may know who we must hang at sunrise! A masque is a costume ball such as that in which the events of the tale take place. Despite the Prince's orders, no one reached for the man who began walking through one chamber after the other. And the whole seizure, progress and termination of the disease, were the incidents of half an hour. Here they could forget the sickness, the Red Death. When the eyes of Prince Prospero fell upon this spectral image which with a slow and solemn movement, as if more fully to sustain its role, stalked to and fro among the waltzers he was seen to be convulsed, in the first moment with a strong shudder either of terror or distaste; but, in the next, his brow reddened with rage. He had a fine eye for colour and effects. Prospero's orders to seize, unmask, and hang the figure merely emphasize three aspects of death that cannot be altered.

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The Masque of the Red Death (2012 short film)

the mask of the red death short story

In this room stood a great clock of black wood. However, the cheer of the masqueraders is regularly and forcefully interrupted by the clock from the room of death, which tolls every hour and reminds the courtiers not only of death but also of the passage of time. The whole company, indeed, seemed now deeply to feel that in the costume and bearing of the stranger neither wit nor propriety existed. But Poe wants to achieve an effect — a total, unified effect — in order to show the close proximity of the revelry of life and the masquerade to the inevitability of death itself. There were seven -- an imperial suite. This story, like many others written by Poe, has some autobiographical elements. He held a sharp knife high over his head, ready to strike the stranger.

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What is the irony found in 'The Masque of the Red Death'?

the mask of the red death short story

And yet all this might have been endured, if not approved, by the mad revellers around. And the whole seizure, progress and termination of the disease, were the incidents of half an hour. We do not even know what country the story takes place in, but, due to the name of the prince, we assume it to be a southern European country. They rang throughout the seven rooms loudly and clearly -- for the prince was a bold and robust man, and the music had become hushed at the waving of his hand. And thus were produced a multitude of gaudy and fantastic appearances. The fourth was furnished and lighted with orange -- the fifth with white -- the sixth with violet.

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