Plague, terror and loss of life swept the. " No pestilence got ever been therefore fatal”. In Edgar Allen Poe's the Masque of Red Loss of life, the author uses setting, imagery and uncertainty to convey the theme that death is usually inescapable.
The story is set in Prince Prospero's abbey somewhere isolated through the rest of the region and the persons in it are stuck inside even though the people outside can not get in. The abbeys sense of confinement can be threatening and everybody both inside and out has thus capability to escape death through the plague. " Not only is it deeply secluded, but Prospero fantastic followers welded the doors close, so no-one can get in or out” (Canada).
Poe uses imagery, specifically the feeling of eyesight, to express seen the Crimson Death number. The image of the Red Loss of life frightens and worries those of the masquerade ball. While the guests such as the prince perish one by one, there exists truth that no one, not even the prosperous can avoid death. " The personified Red Death strikes fear and anger in the hearts of Florido and his guests. Once the Reddish colored Death looks, it never leaves” (Lorcher).
Suspense in the story is built by the ebony time clock. The clock's frightening chime of the bell every hour is a constant reminder to the guests that their life is passing away and death is getting closer. The clock has a great effect on the party by looking into making the moving and music stop, plus the guests have a good laugh nervously. " The clock that presides more than that area also reminds the guests of death's final judgment” (Shmoop).
Edgar Allen Poe addresses that no one can avoid death by utilizing setting, symbolism and puzzle in the Masquerade of Reddish colored Death.