The Masque of the Red Death

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  • Exposition: The introduction of setting and characters
  • Conflict: The struggle between characters or forces; the "hook" of a story
  • Rising Action: The events, plot twists, and complications, that build suspense
  • Prince Prospero is the ruler of a kingdom suffering from the plague, a horrible disease that kills everyone who contracts it.
  • Rising Action: More events that build suspense and lead to the climax
  • The prince is determined to survive the plague, so he locks himself in his castle with 1000 of healthiest, most fun people in his kingdom. They weld the door shut so that the plague is sealed out.
  • Climax: The most intense moment of the story, or a turning point that points to the ending
  • After nearly six months in the castle, Prince Prospero throws a wild party. Throughout seven brightly colored rooms, the party guests, dressed in masks, dance to the music of an orchestra.
  • Falling Action/Resolution: The events that conclude the story, tying up loose ends
  • In the last of the seven rooms, the black room, an ebony clock announces the hour. Every time it strikes, the music and the dancers skip a beat. Trepidation spreads through the company.
  • As the clock strikes midnight, the guests notice a strange masked figure, clad in the costume of a corpse. Prince Prospero, insulted that someone would mock death at the party where people are trying to forget death, attacks the figure.
  • When the prince falls, the people rush the figure. To their dismay, they find nothing under the costume. The Plague itself had infiltrated the castle despite their attempts to avoid it. They all died.
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