Masque Of The Red Death Analysis

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In the short story, “Masque of the Red Death”, Edgar Allen Poe manipulates timeless imagery, forcible diction, and archaic allusions to engross the reader in a power-avid war between Prince Prospero’s court and the indigenous presence of death. The court seeks to outsmart death by hiding away, only to find out death draws nearer by every tick of the ebony clock.
Poe handles imagery in a manner that illustrates the cowardice towards death in the minds of Prospero’s court, which in turn, causes them to be semi-ignorant to the alfresco of Europe. The story reads, “When his dominions were half depopulated, he summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court, and with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his castellated abbeys” (pg.3). This first creates an active image of a dying kingdom, then the image shows a prince turning his back on the helpless citizens of his rule so that he and his most dear nobles may have the chance at eluding death. They just so happen to forget about everyone else while having a good time being locked away. Source C reads, “Victims of the disease are "shut out" by the "pest
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In the short story Edgar Allen Poe caps off the deaths of everyone with, “And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night”(pg.10). This allusion shows that like judgement day, the Red Death swept in swiftly and unexpectedly. The allusion shows that death is a force that will consume even the best of men. Another addition to this thought may be seen in the following source; “The description at the beginning of the text of the peculiar symptoms of the disease which haunts the world of Poe 's story makes it clear that it is no force above, beyond, or in any way
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