The Masque Of The Red Death Summary

The title “The Masque of the Red Death”

Author - Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)

Date - First published as “The Masque of the Red Death. A Fantasy” in 1842. Republished as “The Masque of the Red Death” in the July 1845 issue of a magazine called the Broadway Journal

Summary - At the beginning of the story we are introduced to the red death and Prince Prospero. The prince goes to lock off himself and all his friends away in his luxurious “Castellated abbey” to stall the coming of death as half his kingdom was “depopulated” by the terrible disease called the red death. He seems to not care too much about the poor people in his kingdom and only invites a thousand “hale and light-hearted friends” to his castle to shield them from the arms
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Title - The ones who walked away from Omelas

Author - Ursula du Guin

Date - 1975

Summary - Omelas is a Utopian city. The city is said to portray pure happiness, the type that is only seen in dreams and imaginations. The city is seen to portray perfection on the outside but we come to learn that that is not true. Although there is a setback to their unnaturally happy society that some of society doesn’t see eye to eye with. The residents have the option to stay and put up with it or leave to a new and unknown land.

Theme - Happiness (is happiness truly happiness if it is based on the suffering of others)

Setting - Place - Utopian society Time - mid-nineteenth century (before the cold war) - summer festival Weather condition - warm weather months (ends in autumn) Social Condition - during the times of slavery mood / atmosphere - calm

Characters - townspeople, child
Antagonist - The ones who walked away
Protagonist - narrator

Plot - Introduction - we are introduced to the city and its beauty Resolution -
Le Guin doesn't use the proper plot structure, there is no rising action, climax or falling
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