The Masque Of The Red Death Literary Analysis

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Power is not something that one bestows upon themselves, other people must decide whether one deserves it. Prince Prospero tries to self-appoint himself the ruler over death. In the "Masque of the Red Death" Edgar Allan Poe displays an impossible struggle for power, between the prince and death. The plot takes place during the plague of the Red Death, and the prince invites the rich to his abbey, and death is not invited. The abbey is concealed by a set of large doors built with Iron bolts, making it an impenetrable fortress. The story ultimately illustrates the struggle for power over things that may not, cannot, will not be conquered.
In “Masque of the Red Death” Prince Prospero tries to convince his guests of his omnipotence. Martin Roth
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The way the Red Death is personified causes the reader to imagine the Red Death as a villain, "A strong and lofty wall girdled it in. This wall had gates of iron. The courtiers, having entered, brought furnaces and massy hammers and welded the bolts. They resolved to leave means neither of ingress nor egress to the sudden impulses of despair or of frenzy from within... with such precautions the courtiers might bid defiance to contagion"(Poe pg 2). Roth mentions, “The tale narrates the penetration of an inside space by an outside agent or force, yet, in its personification, this agent represents the deepest inside of that space.”(Roth para 1). The conflict is enhanced, because to our knowledge the abbey is impenetrable, but the Red Death manages to come in from the outside and take the lives of the Prince and his guests. Prince Prospero undoubtedly tries to escape the Red Death by locking himself and the rich inside his abbey, but death still manages to kill him and his guests. In “The Masque of the Red Death” Edgar Allen Poe continually reveals to us that death is a force that must be respected, no matter how much power you think you have. The way he shows this conflict definitely enhances the plot by tempting the reader to figure out how the Prince does or does not escape death. The story overall teaches the lesson that the rules of life apply to