The Masque of the Red Death Vocabulary

Updated: 4/30/2018
The Masque of the Red Death Vocabulary
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Masque of the Red Death Lesson Plans

"The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

In the kingdom of Prince Prospero, a disease, the Red Death, viciously and gruesomely kills all who contract it. As it runs its course throughout his kingdom, Prospero decides to escape its grasp by inviting all the nobles to his castle and welding the doors shut, so they can all wait out the plague in his lavishly decorated castle. “The Masque of the Red Death” is a dark and eerie tale about a prince who arrogantly thinks he can cheat death, using his wealth and power to shield himself and the nobles of his kingdom. At its heart is the universal theme that no one can escape death.


The Masque of the Red Death

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Edgar Allen Poe - The Masque of the Red Death Vocabulary activities / The Mask of the Red Death Vocabulary

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  • Pestilence
  • Buffoon
  • Robust
  • A fatal, epidemic disease, such as the bubonic or black plague
  • A person who acts ridiculous, like a clown
  • Strong, sturdy, or vigorous
  • VOCABULARY