The Masque Of The Red Death Clock Analysis

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In “The Masque of the Red Death”, Edgar Allen Poe uses the clock, the seven rooms, and the Red Death to show the inevitability of death and the inability to sojourn it. Poe uses the clock as a constant reminder that the end is imminent and unpreventable. The clock sits in the westernmost room symbolizing Death’s final judgement. The clock itself, ringing its eerie and melodious chime every hour, causes “a brief disconcert of the whole gay company” (Poe 2) whenever it would sound. The seven rooms and the progression of east to west symbolize the seven stages of life --birth, christening, marriage, illness, worse illness, and finally death-- and remind that there is no preventing the impending doom or impeding Death’s final march. As for