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Edgar Allan Poe The Masque of Red Death In The Masque of Red Death the Prince and his guests are attempting to escape the red death which has plagued the country Poes reoccurring motive throughout most of his short stories including this one is death He intertwines the fear of death the attempt to escape death and even an attempt to outsmart death The clock in this short story plays an important role which I hope to develop in the paper Its hourly chimes strikes extreme fear in the partygoers and causes everything to stand still while it chimes The clock is also connected to the masked figure because he goes unnoticed every time the clock chimes until midnight Midnight is the longest chime and the masked figure is finally noticed by those at the soiree The clock represents that the end is drawing closer and closer as each hour passes Edward Davidson states that The Masque of Red Deaths aim is to reduce man from his assumed humanity to his bestial counterpart andto reveal that disgusting underside of mans existence 152 Davidson appears to be referring to the Princes pride and anger at having an intruder crash his party Prince Prosperos pride and temper get the best of him He allows himself to explode and chase after the masked figure desiring to capture and kill him The Princes reckless acts ultimately cause his death He is reduced to his most primitive form and because of this looses his life Another critic Joseph Wood Krutch states The Masque of the Red Death is merely the most perfect description of that fantastic dcor which he had again and again imagined 77 Krutch compares the fantastic designs of the rooms to the elaborate description of the mansion in The Fall of the House of User Krutchs view of Poe leads him to speak of the reoccurring images in Poes story He states Whenever Poe turned to
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