Compare And Contrast Mask Of Pendulum And The Masque Of The Red Death

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Edgar Allan Poe once said, “The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our souls.” Many of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories and poems, including “The Mask of the Red Death”, “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Pit and the Pendulum”, are very similar in the way that they have no physical descriptions, dark and deep plots and themes, and they all have similar settings. In “The Masque of the Red Death”, Prince Prospero invites his family and friends to his castle to escape the red death. When the clock strikes midnight a ghostly figure appears. Disgusted by the way he is dressed, Prospero follows him into the seventh room in his castle, which is black and red. When Prospero tries to address this figure, he instantly dies. His guests followed them into this room and they reveal the masked figure, to see that no one is there. They die instantly. The main character, Prince Prospero was described as snobby, egocentric, and a coward. Although, he was given no physical description. In many of his writings, Poe rarely described what his characters looked like. Prince Prospero’s appearance was left up to the reader to imagine. In this story, the theme and plot line revolved around the idea of death. The title practically explains that death is going to be key in this story. Death is also represented by a key prop, the clock that rings every hour. Death is related to Poe’s life because his mother died when he was young. Also, his wife died of Tuberculosis leaving him scarred. In the
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