A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them. Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up. But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion.
Poe's Short Stories
Short Stories: The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
In "The Masque of the Red Death," Poe presents an age-old theme, a theme as old as the medieval morality play Everyman. In this ancient play, the main character is named Everyman and early in the play while walking down the road, he meets another character called Death. Everyman cries out to him: "O Death, thy comest when I had thee least in mind. This essential theme is presented directly and with extreme economy through the plot, or narrative element. This is the method that Poe chose to achieve his unity of effect see section on Poe's "Critical Theories". The story opens with a recounting of a plague, the "Red Death"; it has long been devastating the country, and the narrator describes the process of the disease, emphasizing the redness of the blood and the scarlet stains. The disease is so deadly rapid that one is dead within thirty minutes after he is infected.
Introduction & Overview of The Masque of the Red Death
The story is about a young man Prince Prospero that gathered healthy young people, mostly nobility that hid with him inside a castle from the Red Death — a horrible disease that in only a few hours would cause massive bleeding and death. Prospero organized a costumed ball that held place in several rooms. Every room was of a specific color blue, green, white, purple… while the seventh one was black with red lighting and only the bravest dared to enter it. An unknown person behind a red mask appears amongst the guests. Prospero wants to face him, kick him out and have him hanged but when the mysterious guest takes of his mask Prospero dies out of shock.
You will have an introduction, three body paragraphs , and a conclusion. You must include at least one direct quote in each of your body paragraphs from the story as well as from an article of literary criticism. You must have a title page and works cited page.