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The Masque Of The Red Death Setting Analysis

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Previous to meeting the devil, Tom Walker lived in “a deep inlet, winding several miles into the interior of the country from Charles Bay [that terminates] in a deeply wooded swamp or morass,” (Irving 3). Living in a natural place, Tom had a simple life. He was a farmer living with his wife in a small house. By showing him in a humble and natural setting, Irving accentuates that that lifestyle is the key to pleasantness. On the contrary, Prince Prospero in The Masque of the Red Death blessed with having a natural dwelling place. When the red death became a threat to Prince Prospero, “he summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light hearted friends...and with these retired to the seclusion of one of his abbeys,” (Poe 95). The setting of
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