The Masque Of The Red Death Research Paper

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The Masque of the Red Death: Essay The Masque of the Red Death is a short gothic horror story. Overall is about a prince who thinks he is invincible, while having a party one night a mysterious guest appears and all the party-goers are very frightened of him. In the end this red death man kills the prince along with many other people at the party. This story became more horrific because the setting was in a castle, there was supernatural elements, and there was revenge. The Masque of the Red Death depicts the not so good aspects of human nature; that being selfishness, fear, and power. These are all things many witness almost daily, either by watching television or being outside. Although there are many good aspects of human nature, like being kind courageous and doing the right thing, this story written by famous author Edgar Allan Poe in 1842 uses anger, fear, and greed to illustrate how some humans that don’t do the right thing get led down a dark path. Throughout this story, the prince prospero is very selfish and greedy. In the beginning of the story it states, “And the whole seizure, progress and termination of the disease, were the incidents of half an hour. But the prince prospero was happy and dauntless and sagacious”. By not caring about the people of his country, the prince proves that he is a self-serving leader. It…show more content…
The story portrays a lot of anger, greed, and fear. Edgar Allan Poe used these forms of nature to show that although nobody is perfect, they most important thing is to do the right thing, be kind, and courageous no matter what. By using supernatural, gloom and horror, revenge, and a castle this was the perfect setting for the horror story it became, using this to show that it is some humans nature to be selfish, fearful, or powerful made readers understand the importance of the message Poe was trying to depict. Always doing the right
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