The Masque Of The Red Death By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe delivers his that no can escape death in his short story “The Masque of the Red Death” through symbolism, setting and narration. The story takes place during the dark ages where the bubonic plague is devastating the land killing off thousands. The bubonic plague is a horrendous disease that cause a gruesome death. The author states that it causes “sharp pains and sudden dizziness and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution” (Edgar Allan Poe). He renames this disease the Red Death for how, “the redness and the horror of blood” (Edgar Allan Poe), was its calling card. Only one person thought of a way to escape such an unfortunate. Prince Prospero has called for a thousand of his friends to join him in his abbey far away from this disaster. The abbey they were to stay in was a huge structure based of the prince’s own eccentric mind. It had high walls and gates made of iron. Once the courtiers enter the abbey they welded the gates shut with hammers. The prince made sure all the needs of his company would be met. The stay at the abbey would be grand, “there was to be buffoons, there were imrovisatori, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine. All these and security were within. Without was the “Red Death” (Edgar Allan Poe). Towards the fifth or sixth month the prince decided to throw a masked ball. It was at this ball that Prince Prospero and his guests meet their worse fear, death. The…

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