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.
If you are counted amongst the D-Block ranks, click the link and try to escape The Masque of the Red Death!
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.
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?