Mask of the Red Death

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Nicole H
11-21-11
Persuasive Writing Essay
(The Masque of the Red Death, Bullet #2)

The prince retreated from the veiled face, but wherever he ventured, the mask would quickly pursue. The situation left the prince with no alternative. He was forced to confront the figure, allowing the masked form to possess the prince’s life. Fate is inescapable, which is the theme that Edgar Allen Poe demonstrates in his short story, The Masque of the Red Death, using plot, characters, and symbolism.

The plot of The Masque of the Red Death is a primary component of how Edgar Allen Poe illustrates the theme of his short story. When Prince Prospero tries to avoid the “Red Death” by fleeing to his secluded estate, he is trying to escape his fate, but he is just delaying it. Prince Prospero believes that he can use his wealth as a defense mechanism against the devastating plague. The prince had the option to use his affluence to accommodate the less fortunate who are fending off the illness, but instead he makes the decision to host a masquerade ball in order to forget about the seriousness of reality. When a new presence is detected by the guests at the prince’s masquerade ball, the guests are alarmed and frightened by the masked figure, who’s appearance is similar to the look of a person infected by the “Red Death”. Prince Prospero becomes displeased that such a humorless person would attend his frivolous ball. When Prince Prospero attempts to confront the figure, he dies from the “Red Death”. Even though he did everything in his power to fight off the plague, it was destined for the illness to infiltrate the palace.

The main character, Prince Prospero, also supports the theme that fate is ineludible. Prince Prospero’s name translates to “financial prosperity”, which describes his lavish lifestyle. Prince Prospero is a greedy character who deserts his throne in his country’s time of need. “The external world could take care of itself. In the meantime it was folly to...
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