Essay on Analysis of Edgar Allen Poe in The Masque of the Red Death

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Edgar Allen Poe’s, “The Masque of the Red Death”, is about a man named Prince Prospero and his attempts to avoid a dangerous plague. The plague is known as the Red Death. He plans to avoid the plague by hiding out in his abbey, along with other revelers during a masquerade ball in the seven rooms in the abbey. Through the locked gates, the mysterious figure finds its way into the party and causes death to all of the masqueraders. This story is often analyzed as an allegory about the inevitability of death. Poe has one of the most unique writing styles of all authors. His best known fiction works are Gothic, a category in which “The Masque of the Red Death” falls under. He establishes recurring themes, physical signs and appearances, …show more content…

This is a large sentence that shows just how much detail Poe puts into his work. He uses a lot of descriptive words, even if the sentence or phrase is short. It is clear to see that one adjective is not enough to describe just how the pendulum swing is. Going back to how Poe’s best writings are those of the Gothic writing style, he introduces and holds a somber tone throughout this whole story. From the beginning to the end, and even in the title, the tone is grave. He never quite gives the reader a chance to get away from the sense that a threat is on the brink. “The Red Death had long devastated the country. No pestilence has ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal – the redness and the horror of blood” (337). It’s like the whole story was written to be read aloud by a slow speaking man with a deep voice. The title even gives a sense of somber, coldness, and death. When one thinks about the name, it could be inferred that the story is about a mask that when put on, all you see is red and it ultimately leads to death.
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