Prince Prospero's Insane

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“The “Red Death” had long devastated the country .” (pg.446). In the country there is a plague called the “Red Death” that is wiping out the population. The famous Prince Prospero has no worry about the outside world. He wants people to believe that he is not scared but inside he is so afraid that it is driving him insane. In “The Masque of the Red Death,” Edgar Allan Poe uses diction and detail to suggest that Prince Prospero is really an insane person.

“ But the Prince Prospero was happy and dauntless and sagacious.”(pg.446). The Prince Prospero is not worried about the plague because he was very selfish. Even when all of his friends died he summoned for 1,000 friends. The people that were not his followers thought him to be mad but most of his followers did not. Towards the end of the story the reader finds out that he was really insane from his fear of mortality.

There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness , and the profuse bleeding at the pores with, dissolution(pg.446). The people of the country were terrified of this disease because it was a terrible death and they did not want to die at a younger age. The whole time that this plague was going on the Prince Prospero was keeping his mind occupied by decorating his castle. The “Red Death” has really changed
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During the time of this plague the people of the country and even Prince Prospero was afraid of their death to the disease. Edgar Allan Poe uses personification to the “Red Death” to create fear in the reader and he used it by saying that he was a tall , gaunt figure that had on a mask that resembled a corps. The author also makes the story sound really dark which also creates fear in the reader. The “Red Death” was a terrible plague and at the end it held dominion over