The Masque of Red Death
For my literary analysis I’ve chose the story The Masque of Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe. I really like this story; I’ve read it before in my classes and researched about it. The Masque of Red Death teaches a moral, that no matter who you are, you can’t escape your fate. The Masque of Red Death is a story about this somewhat of a plague coming over Europe in the early 1700’s. The Red Death is everywhere, it’s killing people by the hundreds daily. The main character is Prince Prospero. The Prince is happy and sagacious, even with his people dying ever so rapidly. He summons at least a thousand of his friends, knights, and anyone close to him to his abbey. Within seclusion from the Red Death he is able to maintain a happy lifestyle with people close to him. In his magnificent structure, he has 7 different rooms that all have a color theme. In a metaphoric stance, these seven rooms represent your stages of life, each color getting dimmer then fading to black. They start in bright colors, the first six, and then the last room has a black theme with red velvet curtains. Every night they throw a masquerade and have a ball with each other. One night, the ebony clock in the black room stuck midnight and silence fell in the party. Someone spotted a man, dressed in all black, hooded, and just standing in a doorway. After no guard wanting to chase after this intruder out of fear, the Prince takes matters into his own hands. He comes to the figure in the black room and quickly, he meets his fate. After that, the Red Death slowly makes its way throughout the abbey killing every person in its path.
Now in my opinion, there is a lot more to this story than Poe actually wrote. It seemed that he was implying a lot, like he does with much of his work. The way that I took the message of this story is that no matter who you are, and what you’ve got in the world, you’re no better than anyone else. “No one escapes death. Human happiness...