October 13, 2011
Comprehend and apply effects of syntax and
diction on literature.
Students will master identify appropriate
devices in writing: tone, symbol, mood,
extended metaphor, theme, allusion--
Students use context clues and word parts,
including prefixes and suffixes, to understand
new vocabulary .
If I Were King…
If you were the ruler of the country (president,
king, etc.) what are at least three
responsibilities that you would have towards
your people and how would you ensure that
these responsibilities were met?
Do you think that social class or economics
determines a person’s opportunities in the
U.S.A.? How does wealth or poverty aid or
The Mask of the Red Death
By Edgar Allan Poe
Listen to the story
Find the symbol and theme within
We will talk about the different colors of the
room: what they could mean; why they may
progress the way they do.
1. What are three details that show the
contrast between life outside the abbey and
life inside the abbey.
2. Why does the prince think he’ll be able to
escape the plague?
3. How do the details of colors, numbers, and
lighting effects help create the mood of this
4. What foreshadows how this story is going to
Archetypes are universal symbols; which
have the same or similar meanings for most if
not all of personkind.
They are usually symbols that occur in
mythologies and literature from multiple
cultures, continents, and eras.
Rooms and Colors
Room 1: Blue
usually highly positive, associated with truth,
religious feeling, security, spiritual purity (the color
of the Great Mother or Holy Mother).
the color of levels—means height and depth (the
blue sky above, the blue sea; Dark blue with the
sky and the night, and with the stormy sea.
Birth – the “unknown” in which a human being
comes into the world
Room 2: Purple
royalty and/or power
a combination of blue (birth) and red (associated
with life, intensity); growth
Room 3: Green
growth; sensation; hope; fertility; in negative
context may be associated with death and decay.
the "spring" of life (youth)
Room 4: Orange
high noon, harvest, fire or destruction
Room 5: White
highly multivalent, signifying in its positive
aspects, light, purity, innocence, and
timelessness; in its negative aspects, death,
terror, the supernatural, and the blinding truth of
an inscrutable cosmic mystery.
Age – white hair, bones
Room 6: Violet
(a combination of purple and blue, or purple and
grey) is a shadowy color, and represents
darkness and death
memory, knowledge, sorrow and mourning
Room 7: Black
(darkness): chaos, mystery, the unknown; death;
primal wisdom; the unconscious; evil; melancholy.
blood, sacrifice, violent passion; disorder.
Culture / Context
The “masque” in
the story is a
such as carnival
in Venice or
Mardi Gras in
Culture / Context
In Poe’s day, the
“consumption” as it
was often called).
Since the victims often
died coughing up
blood, the “Black
Death” becomes the
“Red Death” in the
Allegory: a poem, play, picture, etc, in which
the apparent meaning of the characters and
events is used to symbolize a deeper moral
or spiritual meaning.
Ex: The Creation Story of Adam and Eve
from the Old Testament. Adam symbolizes
Man, Eve symbolizes woman, the serpent
symbolizes evil, the apple symbolizes
Those who created a quiz, turn it into the wire
rack; those who did not may go into the hall
and create one.
The quiz is worth ten points; five
employability points go to those who are
ready to take their classmates quiz.
We will take and then grade the quizzes as
more study practice.
Study for SAT Test
This test is worth a total of 80 points and will contain
You may study quietly (independently) in the hall or
find a place in the room to study with a partner.
If you would like to make notecards, that may be
helpful to you.
This time is for studying; if you feel ready for the test
and wish to not study, you may read your book for
the speech (book report) due the 24-28.