The Masque Of The Red Death Analysis

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What is the big message?
You can’t escape fate, death, there is no way around it. This is the allegory in the "Mask of the Red Death", and there is proof. My first reason is in "Mask of the Red Death", Poe describes a series of rooms, that connects to a famous excerpt The Seven Ages of Man, from the shakespearean play As You Like It. This is the way Poe details these seven rooms “That at the eastern extremity was hung, for example, in blue-and vividly blue were its windows. The second chamber was purple in its ornaments and tapestries, and here the panes were purple. The third was green throughout, and so were the casements. The fourth was furnished and lighted with orange- the fifth was white- and the sixth violet” (52) goes on to say that
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This room had scarlet windows that looked as if they were tinted with blood. The way this part of the story connects to The Seven Ages of Man is because The Seven Ages of Man has the seven phases of life, ending with death. No matter what all the rooms lead to the last one, which is where the death of prince prospero occurs. You can go through all the rooms and stay in them for different amounts of time, but eventually you will reach the last room, the last phase of life, death. My next confirmation is how no matter what the prince and his people did to escape the Red Death, the Red Death found them. They ran away, welded the door shut and stayed healthy. They isolated themselves but the Red Death still got through the doors and found them. They tried everything but they all still died. My final verification that you cannot escape death is the clock. In the story "Mask of the Red Death" in the final room (the black one) there is a clock. Every time that clock strikes it makes everyone scared.“and, while the chimes of the clock yet rang it was observed that the giddiest grew pale, and the more aged and sedate passed their hands over their brows as if in confused revery or meditation” (53) This clock is a is a