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masque or red death Poe a master of illusion uses this talent to keep his audience in suspense throughout the story He uses symbols such as the seven colored rooms and the clock to portray to his readers what appears to be a fairytale However Poe takes this fairytale and transforms it into The Masque of the Red Death a nightmare in disguise The theme of this story is the inevitability of death Prince Prospero was happy and dauntless and sagacious and his only thoughts were of pleasure He is foolish in thinking he could escape death Prince Prospero also knows that he is far too noble to catch a disease and die of it The Prince decides to out wait the disease He thinks that while the pestilence raged most furiously abroad that he can revel in pleasure and be safe The Prince is seen by his followers as a wise and a fearless foreseer His followers worship him because of his ability to circumvent the Red Death Yet the author presents the Prince as a coward He worries about his own proper interests and leaves the common people to take care of itself His decision to out wait the disease to the deep seclusion of one of his castellated abbeys leaves us to believe that deep down he is really afraid to face the Red Death The Prince creates a wonderful kingdom to forget the reality of theRed Death Each time the gigantic clock of ebony strikes it reminds the Prince and his light-hearted friends of the advent of the disease it reminds all of them of terror horror and disgust They all try to believe it doesnt exists that they are all immune to the Red Death But when the echoes had fully ceased a light laughter at once pervaded the assembly the musicians looked at each other and smiled as if at their own nervousness and
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