"The Masque of the Red Death" Analytical Essay by academic

"The Masque of the Red Death"
A literary analysis of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death".
# 45662 | 1,202 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 17, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper looks at how Edgar Allan Poe demonstrates his ability to master the macabre in his short story, "The Masque of the Red Death", which is about how no one, despite their efforts and money, can escape death. It shows how, by employing the literary devices of setting, theme, character, irony, and symbolism, Poe successfully constructs a story that is a terrifying tale of truth.

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"We only come to really know the characters of Prospero and Death in the "The Masque of the Red Death" and only Prospero speaks. The conflict of the story is between Prospero and Death and Poe creatively keeps our attention until the end of the story. Prospero's character is foolish in thinking he can hide from the disease of death. His attitude is selfish in thinking that the "external world can take care of itself" (614). Prospero might have even felt like gloating when his secluded castle remained untouched from the Red Death for at least five or six months."

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