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The Masque of the Red Death
by Edgar Allan Poe

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Table of Contents
Introduction.........................................................................................................................................................1 Edgar Allan Poe Biography...............................................................................................................................2 Summary..............................................................................................................................................................3 Critical Discussion..............................................................................................................................................5 Characters...........................................................................................................................................................6 Themes.................................................................................................................................................................7 Style......................................................................................................................................................................9 Historical Context.............................................................................................................................................11 Critical Overview..............................................................................................................................................12 Essays and Criticism.........................................................................................................................................14 Narrative Voice in "The Masque of the Red Death".............................................................................14 The Coy Reaper: Un-masque-ing the Red Death..................................................................................16 The Tempest and the Bible in "The Masque of the Red Death" ............................................................18 The Mask of Indifference in "The Masque of the Red Death"..............................................................22 "The Masque of the Red Death" - An Interpretation.............................................................................25 Meaning and "The Masque of the Red Death"......................................................................................28 Compare and Contrast.....................................................................................................................................34 Topics for Further Study ..................................................................................................................................35 Media Adaptations............................................................................................................................................36 What Do I Read Next?......................................................................................................................................37 Bibliography and Further Reading.................................................................................................................38

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Introduction
Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Masque of the Red Death’’ was first published in 1842. In the original publication, the title was given the English spelling of "mask,’’ yet it was changed to "masque'' in 1845. In this macabre tale, a Prince Prospero seals himself and a thousand of his friends into the abbey of a castle in order to protect them from a deadly pestilence—The Red Death—that is ravaging the country. But when the group indulge in...
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