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The Masque of the Red Death
Transcript of The Masque of the Red Death
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..."