Death In The Masque Of The Red Death

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The short story The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe has a thematic perception of how death is inevitable. We first get a glance of this when the story mentions the countless people dying from Red Death. Which doesn 't sound like a disease but more of a malevolent entity. Poe paints a pictureof the death in the story, “scarlet stains upon the body and especially upon the face of the victims were the pest ban which shut him out from the aid and from the sympathy of his fellow-men.” This shows the inescapable grips of death that haunts all those it comes across. Even Prince Prospero and his prestige guest couldn 't escape this everlasting truth of despair they sheltered themselves from inside Prospero lofty,”castellated abbey.” Poe…show more content…
Not to mention, this were only poor people in the very beginning. Which has been going on in the country for a lengthy period, which isn 't stated. The pain they endured were inexplicable up until the moments of death. Poe explains this eloquently, “Blood was its Avatar and its seal --the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution.” This makes death sound more welcoming. The naiveness of the rich would soon be their downfall. However, Prince Prospero invited friends from among the most prestige to seclude themselves in safety at this abbey. Obviously unconcerned about half his country had depleted due to the Red Death. He supplied entertainment at this megastructure of an abbey, which were wine, ballet dancers and even musicians. He decided to let the outside world take care of itself. This is a very oblivious, apathetic leader. By the sixth week, he was still unconcerned about death raging at his castle…show more content…
This happened numerous times. At midnight, the clock struck again and everyone halted. This time there were twelve strokes sounded by the bell. Before the sound could escape the presence of the revelers, people noticed a masked figure. Chatter had turned into indefinite terror. Some even assumed this figure didn 't exist under it 's ghastly mask resembling a corpse. An assumption amongst the crowd was this mask figure hadto be the embodiment of the Red Death. Poe wrote, “But the mummer had gone so far as to assume the type of the Red Death. His vesture was dabbled in blood --and his broad brow, with all the features of the face, was besprinkled with the scarlet horror.” This suggest something more sinister, and ominous. Prince Prospero had ordered this mask figure to be apprehended. Everyone was to terrified to make a move. Suddenly, this ghastly figure started to leave. Prince Prospero infuriated charged after it with a dagger. Prospero let out a shriek as the dagger fell on the sable carpet, only to have Prospero follow suit. With the Prince dead, the revelers summoned the courage to seize this fiend. As they attacked this being, they gasped in terror while trying to constrain a intangible
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