Edgar Allan Poe 's The Masque Of The Red Death Essay

1389 Words Feb 8th, 2016 6 Pages
Well-known author and poet, Edgar Allan Poe, was born January 19, 1809, and died October 7, 1849, at age 40. Poe has many different works that vary from dreary short stories to dismal poems. Some may say that his stories were inspired by tragic life events he had went through. Poe’s mother, his wife, and his foster mother, have all passed away from tuberculosis, which could have led to the dark mood and deaths in many of Poe’s stories and poems, which has also led to many of the similarities in all of his writings. “Annabel Lee,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” and “The Fall the House of Usher” are just some of the works where Poe’s writing style is evident.
One similarity that majority of his works seem to have is the setting. In the story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” the plot unfolds in Prince Prospero’s palace. The palace in which the story takes place, reflects Prince Prospero’s taste. “This was an extensive and magnificent structure, the creation of the prince’s own eccentric yet august taste.” Prince Prospero is very materialistic. The splendor of the structure shows this. The structure had gates of iron and had its own ball room that appeared to be a voluptuous scene. “The Fall the House of Usher,” has a similar setting to “The Masque of the Red Death,” as they both take place in a home of which reflected meaning on the main character’s lives. “The Fall the House of Usher” takes place in a dingy mansion, not as eccentric as the prince’s palace, but reflects the way…

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