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All human beings are made up of certain strengths and weaknesses and in the short stories The Masque of The Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe The Rocking-Horse Winner by DH Lawerence and The Painted Door by Sinclair Ross each author treats the subject of human weaknesses and flaws as contributing to the downfall of each main character respectively The act of obstinacy arrogance and obsession have been the major causes of their downfalls in the stories Arrogance is a very common attribute that we all have It is a tempting act of feeling over-confident in oneself This revolting character trait is evidently exemplified in the short stories The Masque of The Red Death and The Rocking-Horse Winner But the prince prospero was happy and dauntless and sagacious Poe 197 he regards himself as above in both power and importance Similarly Paul is being unrealistic and arrogant to some extent by asserting God told me Lawerence 3 when in fact god never tells him anything with regard to his destiny and fortune In addition Prince Prospero from The Masque of The Red Death and John from The Painted Door also have a very similar character trait The Prince Prospero maddening with rage and the shame of his own cowardice rushed hurriedly through the six chambers while none followed him on account of a deadly terror that had seized upon all Poe 203 Prince Prospero is controlled by a frenzy of anger and rage and he is eventually ravaged by death as a result of his impetuosity In the same way just like Prince Prospero John is controlled by his own obstinacy and determination I knew we were going to have a storm I told him so but it doesnt matter what I say Big stubborn fool he goes his own way anyway Ross 373 This is an evidence of his stubbornness he has an unwavering mind and has no flexibility in his thinking
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