Imagery in The Masque of the Red Death
Blood: A prevalent image in “The Masque of the Red Death,” blood is used to introduce the symbolic relevance of the color red. It also drives the images of horror through visual and kinesthetic imagery. The symptoms of the Red Death involve bleeding pores and “scarlet stains” on the body, evoking visual and kinesthetic images of disease and pain. The “blood-red” window panes in the black room give people a “ghastly” cast, evoking visual images of bloody faces and bodies. Blood, a natural part of the body, is cast as a source of fear, building horror through the estrangement of the body.
Imagery Examples in The Masque of the Red Death:
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"The figure was tall and gaunt, and shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave. The mask which concealed the visage was made so nearly to resemble the countenance of a stiffened corpse that the closest scrutiny must have had difficulty in detecting the cheat...." See in text (The Masque of the Red Death)
"there came from the brazen lungs of the clock a sound which was clear and loud and deep and exceedingly musical, but of so peculiar a note and emphasis that, at each lapse of an hour, the musicians of the orchestra were constrained to pause..." See in text (The Masque of the Red Death)