Red Death Characteristics

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Edgar Allan Poe lived every day of his life as an indigent drunk. Being in poverty and an alcoholic, Poe did not view the wealthy in a tasteful manner. “The Masque of the Red Death” exemplifies the negative view that he held towards the rich. The main character, Prince Prospero, is a rich, social, and happy man who lives his life with great ignorance. Even with the deadly disease spreading, Prospero still hosts a party for his upper-class friends. This kind of act exemplifies his ignorance towards critical events going on outside of his very own life. These characteristics describe everything that Poe is not. Poe’s inspiration for this story stemmed from gruesome diseases like Tuberculosis and Cholera. In the end, he decided to use the Red

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