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The Masque of the Red Death

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on 14 February 2013

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Transcript of The Masque of the Red Death

The Masque of Red Death Abby Sites Characteristics of Gothic Literature Pictures The Red Death Different Rooms in Castle for Parties- ending with Red Death Edgar Allen Poe Figurative Language Setting Characters Summary Reactions Summary Cont. Summaries and Reactions The Masque of Red Death begins with a description of a horrifying plague where your face becomes covering in red splotches and you are dead within the half hour. From this we meet Prince Prospero, a royal and lavish man who builds a castle secluded from the world and takes 1,000 men and women with him to live in peace from the Red Death. Months pass and everyone outside the safe haven is suffering while those inside go about attending parties and being above it all. The parties are held in 7 long and grand rooms, each color coded; blue, purple, green, orange, white, violet. The last room was completely black except for the stained glass window, which was blood red. Only the bravest people ventured into this room as it were frightening and was reminiscent of the Red Death itself. One night as Prince Prospero was holding yet another of his over the top parties a masked figure carrying the Red Death appeared at midnight. Becoming enraged, Prince Prospero chased the figure into the black and red room with a dagger. When Prince Prospero attacks the figure he dies as the figure is the Red Death itself. In anger the guests of the masquerade attack the Red Death figure and in turn all of the guests die due to the Red Death. In reading The Masque of Red Death I did not really know what to expect. At first I really enjoyed that Poe brings you into Prince Prospero’ life and I wish I could have been invited to his lavish parties secluded from everybody else in the world. I really enjoyed that each room had different colors except the black room with a red window. This foreshadowing was obvious yet you didn’t know what would happen exactly. I enjoyed the story up until when the masked figure showed up because Poe became less and less descriptive towards the end of the story. This is unfortunate because I like how Poe spends so much time and energy really bringing his stories to life. Prince Prospero- The Prince is a protagonist in the story because he is trying to do what he thinks is best but an antagonist comes out when he only takes certain people with him into solitude, making it so that he is better than others.

The Figure (The Red Death)- The Red Death is the antagonist in the story because it is out to get everyone and doesn't spare anyone.

The Guests- The guests are like "innocent bystanders". They see everything happening and agree to go into seclusion but when Prince Prospero if attacked they do stick up for him and try to defend themselves. This could also have been seen as just a way to save themselves.

The Clock- The Clock is the antagonist in the story because it dominates life in the castle. When it rings everything stops and everyone seems to be afraid of it. It also ultimately brings about the downfall of the castle's residents. The setting in The Masque of the Red Death is in a secluded castle, of Prince Prospero's making. It is Gothic because it is hidden away from the outside world and it closed off as well. Inside the castle are the seven colored rooms. None of these exemplify Gothic literature except for the last room- black and red. These are probably the two most Gothic colors because they can both represent bad things and death. Imagery- Imagery is utilized when the Red Death is being described
"The scarlet scars upon the body and especially upton the face of the victim..."
As well as when the rooms are described
"These windows were of stained glass whose color varied in accordance with the prevailing hue of the decorations of the chamber..."
Personification of the clock
"...there came from the brazen lungs of the clock a sound which was clear and loud and deep and exceedingly musical..."
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