The Masque of the Red Death

The Masque of the Red Death
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  • Exposition
  • We are dying! Pease help us!
  • Rising Action
  • Hey, all you nobles come to my abbey to escape the plague.
  • Rising Action
  • Hey, lets throw a party because we escaped the plague.
  • "The Masque of the Red Death"  is an American Gothic story that was written in the Romanticism era. In the beginning of the story, there is a town that is plague with a disease called the "Red Death" that causes profuse bleeding at the pores. The romantic characteristic shown here is the element of supernatural. It is shown here because the "Red Death" isn't a real plague.                                      
  • Rising Action/Climax
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  • This is Prince Prospero. He is a selfish prince that is just trying to escape the "Red Death" and save the rich people in his land. He gathered all of the nobles in his land and invited them to hide in seclusion in one of his castellated abbeys. The romantic characteristic shown here is that humans are not naturally good because the prince is trying escape that plague instead of helping his people and he is only inviting the nobles and not any of the surviving town folks.
  • Climax
  • Guards! Get and unmask him!
  • When all of Prince Prospero guest made it to the abbey, they decided to throw a masquerade ball. He provide the party with dancers, musicians, and buffoons. It was all secured in the abbey without the presence of the "Red Death". He thought that the external world could take care of itself.                                                                                                               
  • Falling Action/Resolution
  • In the abbey, there were seven rooms. All of the rooms were normal, but the seventh room had black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling. The windows failed to correspond with the decorations. The panes were a deep red color. There was also a click in the seventh room. When the hour stuck, everything at the party stopped until the ringing stopped. This shows the romantic characteristic of emphasis on emotion because everyone at the party was scared of the clock.
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  • When the clock reached midnight, It rang twelve times. When the ringing stopped, the crowd noticed that there was a tall dark figure in the abbey. They are confused and scared because the doors of the abbey were welded shut. The figure was wearing a mask that look like the face of a corpse. It look like he had encountered the "Red Death".  The prince saw this and ordered his guards to capture and unmask the figure and they started chasing him. This also shows emphasis on emotion because the crowd was scared and confused by the figure. 
  • Who are you?
  • The prince chased the figure through all of the rooms and into the seventh room. He was the only one who chased after the figure because everyone else was too scared to follow him. Then the figure turned to face the prince and the prince died instantly. The crowd then came into the room and saw that the figure have no tangible body. the presence of the "Red Death" came into the room and the crowd died. This also shows the element of the supernatural because the figure had no body.
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