A Party To Die For: “The Masque Of The Red Death” By Edgar

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A Party to Die For: “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe No one can escape from the grip of death. This simple fact is the only thing that is truly known about any human life on this planet. We can try to live forever but in the end, everything was done in vain. The is a very common theme throughout the stories of one Edgar Allan Poe who was an American author during the mid-1800’s. His gothic style has appealed the masses even into the 21st century due to his dark settings and suspenseful plots. However, most people would not say that a lot of his works are very personal. While this may be true, most of his stories involve hidden objects that you must look closely into his personal life to see. The “The Masque of the Red…show more content…
It is described as causing “…sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding of the pores, with dissolution.” (191, “The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe”). These symptoms kept Prospero’s subjects from receiving help as they developed gross visages. The blood that came from the victim’s pores would most likely make others think they were more likely to contract the plague as well if they encountered these symptoms. However, many of the deaths in Edgar Allan Poe’s life were the occurrence of tuberculosis, including his parents and the woman that raised him. The symptoms of the plague are the same as those that would be present (if not a little exaggerated) as those of tuberculosis. In active tuberculosis things like coughing for weeks on end, fever, fatigue, coughing up blood, and loss of appetite are common enough. These are almost exactly what ails Prince Prospero’s subjects and causes such large death rates. This disease was the menace of Poe’s childhood as well as his adulthood, since it not only took his mother, adoptive mother, but also his cousin wife. The party that the story revolves around focuses on the seclusion and debauchery that occurs within the abbey’s walls. “It was a voluptuous scene, that masquerade. But first let me tell of the rooms in which it was held.” (192 “The “The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe””). Edgar Allan Poe sets up the scene in a way that makes the reader feel pulled into the party itself, giving way to the
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