The following video thoroughly explains the use of symbolism of in literature and how it enriches meaning for the reader. Take notes (at least a page) as you watch the video and bring them to our next class meeting.
The following pictures depict some of the symbolic elements in "The Masque of the Red Death". At first site, what do you think the objects could symbolize?
"The Masque of the Red Death" is, once again, written by Edgar Allen Poe. Poe's stories are almost always characterized by somber and disturbing images that conjure fear and suspense in the reader. As you read through the story pay special attention to the use of colors. Yes, colors can be symbolic also. While you are reading keep a list of what you think may be symbolic in the story along with what you think it may symbolize.
1. Apple pie -- american culture, wholesomeness
2. Brick wall -- barrier, obstacle
Reading Check (bring answers to these to class)
Discussion question (Post in the "Question and Answer" section below)
Consider the outcome of the Prince’s decision to hold a ball while his country was in jeopardy. What theme do you think the story conveys?