The Mask of the Red Death by benbenzhou


									Tenth English

   October 13, 2011
               Learning Targets
   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--
    mythical, biblical.
   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
    prevent success?
           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.

       Red windows
           blood, sacrifice, violent passion; disorder.
    Culture / Context

   The “masque” in
    the story is a
    masquerade ball,
    such as carnival
    in Venice or
    Mardi Gras in
    New Orleans.
Culture / Context

                       In Poe’s day, the
                        “plague” was
                        tuberculosis (or
                        “consumption” as it
                        was often called).
                        Since the victims often
                        died coughing up
                        blood, the “Black
                        Death” becomes the
                        “Red Death” in the
Literary Terminology

   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
    temptation, etc.
                  SAT Quizzes
   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
    word parts!

   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.

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