The Masque of the Red Death (D-Block)

Masque of the Red Death

Halloween may be over, but the works of Edgar Allan Poe can excite the senses at any moment! The D-Block Creative Writing students will experience this today as they engage with one of Poe’s most fear-evoking, imagery-conjuring classics.

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THE TASK: First, you are going to listen to The Masque of the Red Death as read by Gabriel Byrne (found in the video above). While listening, follow along by reading Poe’s text (which can be accessed by clicking here). Once you’ve engaged with the short story, respond to the following prompts by using the “Leave a Reply” feature at the bottom of the page. For full credit, your responses must consist of complete sentences and demonstrate active engagement.

PROMPTS
A) How is the Red Death described at the beginning of the story? How is it described at the end? How do you interpret the Red Death?

B) In what way(s) is Prince Prospero characterized? Is he the protagonist, antagonist, or other? Why?

C) Select (and present) a passage from the text that you find especially intriguing. What do you find interesting about this passage?

D) What is your overall reaction to THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH?

22 thoughts on “The Masque of the Red Death (D-Block)

  1. A. It is described as a plague that has taken over the country. At the end of the story, it’s seen as a man in a mask. I interpret it as death itself, because people died from the plague and Prince Prospero is killed at the end.

    B. He is said to be a happy Prince that has shut his doors to the kingdom. But then he gets aggressive towards the “new guest” at his party when he notices the guest isn’t very festive or interesting. He is the protagonist because it’s HIS party and HIS kingdom.

    C. “And these — the dreams — writhed in and about, taking hue from the rooms, and causing the wild music of the orchestra to seem as the echo of their steps. And, anon, there strikes the ebony clock which stands in the hall of the velvet. And then, for a moment, all is still, and all is silent save the voice of the clock.” – Paragraph 7, Sentence 8

    It reminds us how that even though there’s a massive party going on, that people still stop for the clock because it has a massive ring throughout the mansion.

    D. It has a lot of symbolism but it’s outdated (clearly). It’s a way to show that death is inevitable and things happen in life that’re constant reminders of your time ticking down (the clock).

  2. A.)In the beggining the red death is described as a deadly disease terrrorizing the citizens of Prince Prospero’s country, near the end it is descriped as a thief in the night stealing all happiness from it’s inhabitants. I see the Red Death as symbolism for rage,domination and revenge.
    B.)Prince Prospero is described as a spoiled pompous royal who has no concern for anything else but his own well being. I see Prince Prospero in the role of the victim as well as being deserving of his punishment.
    C.)”And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.” I find the final description of the Red Death especially haunting and ominous as it really sets the mood for the story.
    D.)I enjoyed Masque of the Red Death very much and saw similarities to the Raven. They both have a haunting tone with a hidden moral lesson behind the stories.

    P.S Here are the books I’ve read that are based off of Masque of the Red Death and The Raven.

    Nevermore by Kelly Creagh(is a trilogy,the second book is called Enshadowed and the third book Oblivion will come out in Summer 2014 😦 )
    Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin(sequel is Dance of the Red Death)

  3. A) In the beginning the Red Death is described as sickness that killed in half an hour. At the end it is described as a man.

    B) The Prince is characterized as being a bold and robust man. I think he is the protagonist because he only seeked to protect his court from the Red Death.

    C) “And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.” I found this passage interesting because it shows that the Red Death has come, done what it set out to do, and vanished,

    D) My overall reaction is to say that I really enjoyed the poem.

  4. Camden Ballard
    A)At the beginning of the story, the Red Death is described as a plague, which left its victims horribly disfigured, which lead to their untimely demise covered in blood. In the end, the Red Death had become a living breathing thing, which then reigned over the dominion. The Red Death is indeed a plague, but as the story portrays, no one is safe from it, not even the prince, nor his subjects.
    B) The Prince Prospero is characterized as a partier, someone who brought happiness to his loyal subjects during a time of crisis. That even they were safe from the Red Death, just as he. This is changed however in the end. He becomes neither a protagonist, nor an antagonist, he is the start of the end of time. He is an victim to this plague, and a reminder that NO ONE can escape the Red Death.
    C) “And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all” I feel this is a strong passage because it shows that now nothing is left, the Red Death has taken over. All shall fall in its wake, it is indeed the end of all time.
    D) I Loved IT! But it really inspires fear in you. It makes you that even the mightiest fall from mother nature. That indeed no one is safe from death or disease.

  5. This response has been done by Scott “Straight-A” Barbaro:

    Before we get started, I would like to share a couple links:

    Link A) “Correct Horse” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3_lVSrPB6w

    Link B) “That’s a Ten” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLP9mbCuhJc

    Link C) Andrew Jackson – Good Evil & The Presidency – PBS Documentary (1 hour 55min) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGfxyeuy8u8

    Now, Let us begin:

    A) The red death in the beginning is a disease that is killing everyone, but the prince could care less. He is hopeful, and doesn’t think it could possibly spread to him. At the end of this piece, by the one, the only, Edgar Allen Poe!, when the Red Death comes into the castle and kills everyone it shows that the red death knows no bounds. It will get into any space it has to. I think it’s scary, I wouldn’t want it, I’d die. The voice actor was also quite scary. You made me scared. I am scared.

    B) Prince Prospero is the protagonist, even if you do not like him. He controls everyone around him, and you might actually root for him to not get the Red Death. Either way, he is the main focus of this story.

    C) “It was toward the close of the fifth or sixth month of his seclusion, and while the pestilence raged most furiously abroad, that the Prince Prospero entertained his thousand friends at a masked ball of the most unusual magnificence.” I find it shocking that there is this Red Death going on and everyone is dying. The place is in horror, yet the Prince is there thinking he isn’t going to get the red death, he is entertaining a ton of people.

    D) I thought it was an excellent piece of writing. Edgar Allan Poe is a genius when it comes to writing. I wish I could bring him to a steak dinner, and I wish I could meet him. Mostly because if I was able to meet him, that would mean Andrew Jackson would still be alive. Seeing how Jackson was born before Edgar Allan Poe and died after Poe, that means he may have read an Edgar Allan Poe story. Andrew Jackson might have actually read this story we are reading here today. That should get everyone excited! So did he Drinkwater? Did Andrew Jackson read this poem? Plz respond 2 me

  6. A. At the beginning of the story, the Red Death was portrayed as a normal disease, and was described in gruesome detail. It spread quickly from person to person, killing them in half an hour. At the end of the story, the Red Death was described as coming like “a thief in the night”. The man who had crashed Prospero’s party was the Red Death. This is different from the previous description because, at the end, the disease was described as being a sentient being. I interpret the Red Death as a disease that spreads so voraciously and kills so brutally that the best way to describe it is to personify it as a human murderer.

    B. Prince Prospero is characterized as “happy and dauntless and sagacious”. He is a rich, extravagant man. I don’t think he was the protagonist or the antagonist, however, because the story was mostly focused on description. If anything, I think the Red Death is the protagonist. The Red Death may challenge Prospero in a way that an antagonist would challenge a protagonist, but I still don’t feel like the story centered on Prospero. It was as if the reader is watching the effects of the Red Death and Prospero’s safe-house party was just one example of this. He feels like little more than a supporting character to me.

    C. One passage I find especially intriguing is the last paragraph of the story. It goes, “And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.” I loved this paragraph because I thought it was a really cool ending for the story. The whole thing had so much buildup to the one moment just before this paragraph, and I thought Poe did an incredible job of wrapping everything up concisely. The last sentence was also a very haunting end.

    D. I thoroughly enjoyed the Masque of the Red Death. I thought it was a very interesting and in-depth story for its length. It was a little hard to read in places but still held my interest all the way through. The description in it was really great throughout and I loved the dark, spooky mood it had. It would be a great short story to read on Halloween (or just on some dark and stormy night).

  7. A) In the beginning it is described as a plague of some sorts. Very dark and bloody. In the end it is described as semi-mysterious. Also it describes someone coming in, in the middle of the night and killing people. I interpret it as a very mysterious, dark, gloomy, depressing, and most of all a scary short story.
    B) Prince Prospero is characterized as happy, dauntless and sagacious. He is well liked and has impeccable taste. Prince Prospero is the protagonist because he is the good guy in the story.
    C) ” And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.” This passage caught my eye the most because it was really sketchy but also because it was the passage that’s’ imagery to me was the best. Imagery in my mind makes any story so much better, but I definitely wouldn’t want to be apart of this story.
    D) I think that THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH was very scary and dark but was interesting at the same time. Poe is one of the best American writers of all time and this short story shows off how amazing he truly was.This isn’t one of my favorite short stories by Poe. It is to dark for me, but I can definitely see how some people can enjoy it!

  8. Caitlin Hankard

    1. The Red Death described at the beginning of the story is recognizing life and the many different stages of it. This is shown as an allegory throughout the different themes of each room. At the end of the story, it shows how death is an eminent part of life and it looms over us.
    2. Prince Prospero is characterized as wealthy due to his name. But, his purpose in this story is to show the progression from life to death. He represents the person who takes this journey. Prospero is the antagonist because he knows that the party relies on the transformation that is psychologically happening in the story, and he feeds off of that.
    3. “Then, summoning the wild courage of despair, a throng of the revellers at once threw themselves into the black apartment, and, seizing the mummer, whose tall figure stood erect and motionless within the shadow of the ebony clock, gasped in unutterable horror at finding the grave cerements and corpse-like mask which they handled with so violent a rudeness, untenanted by any tangible form.”
    Here, Poe is saying that the people are willing to put themselves into the fate of death are knowing of what they are doing, and that they are accepting what is happening. They do this by facing the time that hangs over them (shadow of the ebony clock.)
    4. I think that The Masque of the Red Death is a powerful short story. It shows how some people face the predisposition of life and how it ultimately leads to death. It does this by providing good allegories for what is actually going on, along with being creatively written.

  9. A.) In the beginning, the Red Death is described as a disease. It causes sharp pains, dizziness, and then bleeding at the pores. At the end, it is described as a man. In the presence of the Red Death, everyone would begin to bleed and eventually die. He acts much like a plague, killing anyone in his path. I thought that the Red Death was a fast moving disease that was easy to catch and quick to kill. I did not expect is to be a ghostly figure that murdered people.
    B.) Prince Prospero was described as dauntless and happy, but as soon as people started to die from the Red Death he shut his doors. He is supposed to be the future King to these people, yet when they are in need of things, he ignores them and throws himself a party instead. He obviously was more concerned with having fun than sending supplies to his subjects. Prince Prospero is not the protagonist, but he is not the antagonist either, because that is obviously the Red Death. He is just a victim of the Red Death, and is described as deserving what he got.
    C.) “And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.”
    I thought that passage was intriguing because it added to the spooky feeling of the story. I also liked it because it talked about how the Red Death did not only kill humans, but it also sucked the life out of objects, like the clock.
    D.) I thought the The Masque of the Red Death was a very spooky and eerie short story. The ending surprised me, but it was a good plot twist. While reading The Masque of the Red Death, it was obvious that it was written by Poe because of his writing style. It was very descriptive, and I liked how it could hold my attention throughout the whole story.

  10. A.) At the beginning of the story, the Red Death is described as a disease that devastated the country. No other disease had been so awful. It states that the disease makes you bleed throughout all your pores, then you have a seizure and die. All of this happens withing a half hour. At the end of the story, the Red Death is described as a thief. It came as quickly as it went, taking everything in its path. Then we are told that once the last guest at the party had died, the ebony clock finally stopped ticking.

    B.) Prince Prospero is characterized as someone with a lot of money. He is happy, dauntless, and sagacious. With is money, he built a big fortified castle, and placed all the material things that made him happy in it. he is also described as eccentric, and to those that don’t know him, he seems mad. I think Prince Prospero is neither the antagonist nor the protagonist. His castle is simply the place where the Red Death comes and conquers and he is the host who welcomes it.

    C.) “The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls, falling in heavy folds upon a carpet of the same material and hue. But in this chamber only, the color of the windows failed to correspond with the decorations. The panes here were scarlet — a deep blood color.”
    The seventh chamber is talking about the seventh room that the party was held in. I find this interesting because it says that in this room, everything is black velvet and the stained glass window’s panes were a deep scarlet blood color.I find it interesting because in all of the other chamber, the “windows were of stained glass whose color varied in accordance with the prevailing hue of the decorations of the chamber into which it opened.”

    D.) The mask of the Red Death was really interesting. The short story held my attention the whole time because it was so mysterious and haunting. I liked how descriptive it was. It made it easy to picture everything in my mind, which is one of the main reasons I liked it so much. Th

  11. A. At the start, it is described as a terrible disease bringing horrific pain and death. It is then made into a person rather than a non-living thing. I see the Red Death as a bringer of death, something supernatural. Perhaps the Devil.

    B. He is simply the subject of the story, and neither a protagonist or antagonist. The narration is unbiased, with no such characterizations.

    C. “And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.” This quote gives the impression that this Red Death is something greater than just a person or disease, something more powerful, epic. It depicts the Red Death as an unstoppable force, bloodthirsty and hellbent. It makes one feel as if the Red Death is some sort of all-powerful demon.

    D. Overall, I thought it was really cool and creepy. It took a little long for the action to begin, but once it did the story was really, really eerie. I thought it was awesome how Poe leaves the reader not really knowing what the Red Death’s true form actually is. Solid!

    All the best,
    Zachary A. Semel

  12. 1. At the beginning of the story, the Red Death is described as a terrible disease that is killing thousands of people. The disease makes the people very sick and they eventually die, and there is no way to protect yourself from it. At the end of the story, the Red Death is characterized as more of a person than a disease. It says that it holds illimitable domination over all, and uses personification to describe the death. People can run from it, but they cannot be safe from it, which makes it even scarier. The way that the Red Death is described at the end of the story is very different from the beginning because it is more ominous and deadly at the end, whereas the beginning just describes it as a disease. I think that it is both a disease and a murderer, because the disease is what you catch, but once you have the Red Death it never goes away until it kills you.
    2. Prince Prospero is the protagonist, because he goes after the Red Death (the antagonist) at the end and tries to do a heroic deed by killing him. The story also focuses on his party and the events that happen at it, which makes him the protagonist and main character.
    3. “And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.” I thought that this passage was very intriguing because it is the falling action of the story. the partiers try to kill the Red Death, but the passage implies that nobody can kill it and nobody is safe. I thought this passage was interesting because it shows how no one is invincible and there are much bigger things out in the world other than you. I also liked how it characterized the Red Death as a person, and how it says that everybody must die at some point and nobody is safe from it.
    4. I thought that the short story was really dark and deep. It had a lot of hidden meaning about death and the future of mankind, and it was very accurate. It brought to life a new way of thinking about death, and that if nobody can be safe from it, we should not fear it. The story was creepy and disturbing, but was fantastically written. I loved it.

  13. 1.) The red death is a plague that spreads through a country and makes people die quickly. Even though people are dying the prince Prospero is hopeful.
    It is described as a plague sweeping the land and its described as being very fatal and scary.
    2.) Even though the Red Death is sweeping the land he remains hopeful but closes the gates of his palace to keep the plague from getting to him. There are many rooms in the palace but everyone stays away from the red and black room. A man with a mask who looks like he was infected with the plague comes into the palace and Prospero gets mad and follows him into the room and gets killed as soon as he walked into the room. Everyone comes in to see the cloaked man and they all die because the plague has gotten in.
    3) ” And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.” I just like this passage because it just shows about how the Red death came in and was like a thief in the night and stool all of the people’s lives.
    4)My overall impression of the Masque of the Red Death is that it was a good but creepy poem. It told a scary story about a plague that came and killed, it was very interesting.

  14. A.) At the beginning of the story, the Red Death is described as a disease that devastated the country. No other disease had been so awful. It states that the disease makes you bleed throughout all your pores, then you have a seizure and die. All of this happens withing a half hour. At the end of the story, the Red Death is described as a thief. It came as quickly as it went, taking everything in its path. Then we are told that once the last guest at the party had died, the ebony clock finally stopped ticking.

    B.) Prince Prospero is characterized as someone with a lot of money. He is happy, dauntless, and sagacious. With is money, he built a big fortified castle, and placed all the material things that made him happy in it. he is also described as eccentric, and to those that don’t know him, he seems mad. I think Prince Prospero is neither the antagonist nor the protagonist. His castle is simply the place where the Red Death comes and conquers and he is the host who welcomes it.

    C.) “The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls, falling in heavy folds upon a carpet of the same material and hue. But in this chamber only, the color of the windows failed to correspond with the decorations. The panes here were scarlet — a deep blood color.”
    The seventh chamber is talking about the seventh room that the party was held in. I find this interesting because it says that in this room, everything is black velvet and the stained glass window’s panes were a deep scarlet blood color.I find it interesting because in all of the other chamber, the “windows were of stained glass whose color varied in accordance with the prevailing hue of the decorations of the chamber into which it opened.”

    D.) The mask of the Red Death was really interesting. The short story held my attention the whole time because it was so mysterious and haunting. I liked how descriptive it was. It made it easy to picture everything in my mind, which is one of the main reasons I liked it so much.

  15. A) At first, the Red Death was described as an extremely painful, horrific disease, but is later seen to be a person (perhaps a person with the disease?). I see the Red Death as all untimely deaths as a whole, such as murders. This is represented through how the Red Death kills all of the party-goers.

    B) Prince Prospero is seen as a very rich man pressed on gaining the adoration of as many people as possible. I believe Prospero can be categorized as the protagonist in how he is the host of the masquerade ball.

    C)” The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls, falling in heavy folds upon a carpet of the same material and hue. But in this chamber only, the color of the windows failed to correspond with the decorations. The panes here were scarlet — a deep blood color.” I find this part extremely interesting with all of the imagery it presents. Just this passage alone portrays the horror within Poe’s mind.

    D) I very much enjoyed reading/listening to this text. The audio was very effective in portraying the mood.

  16. A) At the beginning the red death is described as an awful disease. It caused sharp pain, dizziness, and bleeding. At the end the red death is described as a man, a human that killed people. He causes pains and bleeding, yet is a man instead of a disease. This makes the red death much more real to readers as well as the characters in the story. I believe that the red death is a ghostly specter, not man nor disease. He is a ghost but still causes as much death as a disease or a man.

    B) Prince Prospero is characterized as a rich and very extravagant man. He is brave and is shrewd in his judgement, yet still throws parties to entertain his guests because they have been living a life of seclusion. Prince Prospero is not the protagonist nor the antagonist, but a supporting or background character. He is just another victim of the red death and throws the party that the red death attends. Prospero is not a main character because there is not enough details about him and he is not focused on as much as the red death or even the party.

    C) I chose the passage ” And the whole seizure, progress and termination of the disease, were the incidents of half an hour.” I think this line is very interesting because of the context of what is said and the placement. Poe could have easily put this line at the end of the short story, yet he chose to put it in the first paragraph. The reader knows that the red death has come and killed, yet it only took a half an hour. The events of this coming are described after this line, which adds to the creepiness of the story.

    D) The Masque of the Red Death is a great short story. The fact that Poe could develop such a interesting plot, vivid setting and characters is amazing. The story is scary and suspenseful, yet does not overwhelm the reader with gory details. Poe also writes about a lavish party which completely contrast the red death and that also added to the horror story. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  17. A.) In the beginning,The Red Death is described as a horrific disease and causes death. This disease causes people to become very ill and bleed profusely. It describes when a seizure occurs, the disease-stricken person is dead and it only takes thirty minutes. At the end of the story the Red Death is described differently. It is described as a person and represented by the masked person. I interpret the Red Death as a disease that affects and kills many people and the masked person seem to represent how quickly the disease spread throughout the population.
    B.) Prince Prospero is described as the protagonist. He is the protagonist in this story because he attempts to fight and kill the Red Death. He is trying to be the hero in this story which makes him the protagonist
    C.) “And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall.” I think the beginning of the closing paragraph was intriguing. In this passage, it tells how no one can defeat the Red Death and it will always be looming reading to strike again. It also implies that there are things that people do not have complete control over everything and sometimes tragic events happen for no reason.
    D.) This story was very dark and creepy but I enjoyed it. I really like E.A. Poe and I thought the imagery and the descriptions added so much more creepiness to the story. It also included deep meanings about death and how people try to avoid it but eventually cannot.

  18. A) At the beginning of the story it seems as if the Red Death is a plague of sorts that is killing the people under Price Prospero. But, at the end of the story the Red Death is described as being a figure, a physical form, or person of some sort. To me it seems like at the end of the story the Red Death being described as a person is used more like a metaphor to the plague entering the party and killing all of the guests and the prince himself.

    B) The way I see Prince Prospero in the story is as a ruler who sees no importance in his subjects and would rather party and just go about his day, without worrying about the fact that people are dying. I don’t see him as the protagonist but I don’t see him as the antagonist either. For me, I think the story centers around him and more the Red Death as both the protagonist and antagonist.

    C) The passage, “Blood was its Avator and its seal — the redness and the horror of blood.” in the first paragraph is interesting to me because it describes the Red Death and, to me, it matches how you would see him in a long red cloak at the masquerade.

    D) Overall I really enjoyed it and found it to have very good imagery and liked how it was written throughout. I think that if its purpose was to use the figure at the masquerade as a metaphor for the plague finally catching up to the rich who never cared enough about the people to help them, it was done very well and creatively.

  19. A)The Red Death is described as an extremely ugly illness, one that devastated the country and seemed to take many lives. At the end, the Red Death is personified, and represented by this masked person. I interpret the Red Death as this illness, and the personification of it represents how it moved through the country: “And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel…” as if the masked figure represented the illness and the revellers represented the population.

    B) By a certain definition, the “protagonist” is the main character of the story while the “antagonist” is the character that opposes the main character. It does not matter whether the protagonist does good or bad things; he is simply the main character in the tale.

    So, by this definition, we can argue that the “Red Death”/”Masked Figure” is the protagonist. It can be considered the main character because it was the first “character” introduced in this story, and certainly the most influential one. At the time it was introduced, the “Red Death” did not seem like a character however itwas represented as one individual at the end of the story. This is confusing, and definitely misleading. But if we consider the “Red Death” as a figure, we can assume that the Prince Prospero (being the person who opposed the Death) is the antagonist.

    C)”But in the western or black chamber the effect of the fire-light that streamed upon the dark hangings through the blood-tinted panes, was ghastly in the extreme, and produced so wild a look upon the countenances of those who entered, that there were few of the company bold enough to set foot within its precincts at all…”

    I find this interesting because, firstly WHY the HECK would anyone design a room like this, when all the others are so brightly colored. I also cannot for the life of me figure out what exactly this room represents. I feel like it has to do with time, and the “Masked Figure” going to the room represents the time ticking down to everyone’s death. But again, this really puzzles me.

    D) I liked it! Very creepy. No time to type anything else, it’s 12:07. Glad we got to read this, I actually think I liked it better than “The Raven”.

  20. A) The beginning of the story, it is about death and horror. At the end, the “presence of the red death” is acknowledged, and went away. I interpreted the Red Death as something like a ghost.

    B) Prince Prospero is characterized as “happy and sagacious” and is neither the protagonist nor the antagonist. He is tjhe subject because he describes the situation

  21. the red death is described as the worst thing ever in the beginning of the book.there said there was blood every where and horror of pains. at the end of the story it basically says how the plague fades away taking all the bad with it. i interpreted this story about death because a ton people died from the plague and also the prince dies at the end as well.

    prince prospero is characterized as a happy prince he has the whole kingdom in his hand he has nothing to worry about. and hes a protagonist because everything has to be about him and everything is his

    THE “Red Death” had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. i find it interesting because they describe the plaugue so strong and so dark.

  22. A) It is a vicious disease that wiped out much of a country. It was a quick, horrible, painful death, and it made friends and families abandon each other out of fear. At the end it is personified into this grande force that has taken over everything, and nothing can escape it. I see similarities to the Red Death in history, it is described to have some of the horrible effects that the Black Plague did, and the avoidance of those who came under its influence is a lot like what happened with leprosy. It could be a representation to that, but I also see it as the thing that finally showed this arrogant, prideful prince that he is not all-powerful, and isn’t immune to weakness. It parallels dictators who have been overthrown. The Red Death represents the people or things the dictator overlooked, and was never concerned with because he was in power, but then when he thinks he’s safe, it sneaks in and takes him completely by surprise. The Red Death killed the dictator and his legacy of selfishness.

    B) At first he has the airs of a protagonist, mostly because all of the description is focused on him, but when the Red Death comes, he is suddenly cowardly, and all of the pretenses he had vanish. I think he is technically a protagonist, but not necessarily one you would want to root for, simply because he is so confident and full of himself. But at the same time, the Red Death is characterized as being so evil, so he must be the protagonist.

    C) “But, in spite of these things, it was a gay and magnificent revel. The tastes of the duke were peculiar. He had a fine eye for colors and effects. He disregarded the decora of mere fashion. His plans were bold and fiery, and his conceptions glowed with barbaric lustre. There are some who would have thought him mad. His followers felt that he was not. It was necessary to hear and see and touch him to be sure that he was not.” I find this a bit strange because at the very end, the prince seems pretty far out of his mind. It’s also a bit funny to me that his design of his palace became part of his murder. His clock, colored rooms, and the black one where he dies were all such important details that he made himself.

    D) It was incredibly unsettling, and it felt unsafe. The Red Death was incredibly frightening as a character, force, and mystery.

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