This title prepares the readers for the "horrible with no other end than horrible itself" content that Poe's first tales all produced upon examination (Etienne). Starting with the title and ending with the last word, The Masque of the Red Death is a horrific tale about death and destruction. The opening paragraph of The Masque of the Red Death gives words such as devastated, hideous, and termination. The description of the effects of the Red Death plague on the bodies of its victims constructs a terribly frightening incident: "There were sharp... ... middle of paper ... ...lexander, ed. Kennikat Press, 1971.
To better understand this viewpoint a short summary is incorporated: " The Red Death had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and it's seal-the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body and especially upon the face of the victim was the pest ban, which shut him out from the aid and from the sympathy of his fellow men.
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