The Masque Of The Red Death Essay

1187 Words Nov 7th, 2015 5 Pages
By not accepting personal responsibility for our circumstances, we greatly reduce our power to change them. In “The Masque of the Red Death,” Prince Prospero attempts to escape death behind his secluded abbey walls. Prince Prospero fights for power against a formidable, relentless enemy. Edgar Allan Poe encompasses the human’s natural desire for power by placing the power in the inevitable grip of death, portraying the message that some things are out of our control.
“THE “Red Death” had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous” (Poe 3). The wealthy Prince Prospero summons a “thousand knights and dames of his court” to his secluded abbey (Poe 3). The men weld the doors shut to avoid exposure to the plague; by quarantining themselves from the outside world, Prince Prospero believes he has overpowered a ticking time bomb. Furthermore, “It was towards the close of the fifth or sixth month of his seclusion, and while the pestilence raged most furiously abroad, that Prince Prospero entertained his thousand friends at a masked ball of the most unusual magnificence” (Poe 4). The ball takes place within seven chambers dominated by a specific color and corresponding stained glass window. That is with the exception of the seventh chamber, the walls were draped in black velvet and the panes stained with scarlet; it also contained a massive ebony clock that rings at the hour. The pivotal point occurs, “As the clock strikes midnight, Prospero and…

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