The Masque of the Red Death

The Masque of the Red Death

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  • The Masque of the Red Death
  • Prince Prospero invites all his noble friends inside his castle and he bolts the door down to escape the epidemic outside, known as the Red Death. He leaves the common people to die to it, which is an example of Romanticism and American Gothic because this is the idea that humans are not naturally good.
  • Prince Prospero throws a party, filling 7 rooms. All the guests are wearing masks.
  • As the clock strikes 12 at midnight, a weird figure is seen in the party, dressed as a corpse of the Red Death. Guests are horrified by the sight, and the Prince is angry.
  • Prince Prospero, fed up with the intruder, chases him across the rooms to kill him with a dagger. This is an example of Romanticism in American Gothic because it shows the human's ability to do evil things.
  • Once the Prince reaches the final, 7th room, the figure turns around and the Prince drops dead suddenly.
  • The guests tackle the mysterious figure, revealing he is actually nothing under the costume. It is the Red Death that has come to the party, and it kills every last person in the castle. This is an example of Romanticism because it is an element of fantasy and super natural.
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