Masque of the Red Death Analysis

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Ngan Tran Mrs. Palmer World Literature 30 September 2013 Short Story: The Masque of the Red Death “The Masque of the Red Death” is a fictional and scary story written by Edgar Allan Poe, an American author, in 1842. The story takes place in a kingdom in Europe, maybe Italy, long time ago. The Prince Prospero and his friends were having a masked ball in seven magnificent rooms after five or six months hiding in a luxurious castle waiting for the Red Death, a dangerous pestilence that killed many people in his country, to be gone. At midnight, there was a strange guest dress spectrally. When the Prince pursued him to the corner of the seventh room, he died because of the Red Death, and so did other people. The most important elements that make “The Masque of the Red Death” an interesting story is the symbolism, the horrific tone, and the meaningful theme. Tone is the mood, the atmosphere of a story. In “The Masque of the Red Death”, tone is the base that makes the meaning of the story. It’s dark, horrific, and grave. Allan Poe sets an atmosphere for a whole story just from the first lines, when he introduces the Red Death “The Red Death had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal - the redness and the horror of blood” (389). The eerie mood covers every words of the story, from the luxurious masquerade ball to the death of everyone attending in that ball. The readers can always feel that there is an old man speaking slowly with a deep voice, who already knows what happens next, and the mood is made by the way he tells us this scary story. The horror of the tone is emphasized and contributes to the theme of “The Masque of the Red Death” – no one can escape the death. “The Masque of the Red Death” can be considered as a simple story; however, it is a story full with symbols. The seven rooms
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