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==Review==
 
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===Good===
 
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* The masquerader in the red death plague is a pretty interesting character.
 
* The masquerader in the red death plague is a pretty interesting character.
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===Bad===
 
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* Overall, I found the story to be kind of dull and predictable. The moment I read that the prince was trying to weather the plague by locking himself and his friends in an abbey, I knew they were all going to become infected, although I have to admit, the stranger in the masque is a nice touch.
 
* Overall, I found the story to be kind of dull and predictable. The moment I read that the prince was trying to weather the plague by locking himself and his friends in an abbey, I knew they were all going to become infected, although I have to admit, the stranger in the masque is a nice touch.
* I don't get how the prince dies in the end. Is it from trying to touch the ghostly form?
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* I don't get how the prince dies in the end. Is it simply from attempting to touch the ghostly form?
* I'm assuming Poe was trying to teach a moral lesson by punishing the wealthy prince for thinking he was above the plague and partying while everyone else was dying, rather than use his wealth to research a cure or treatment. However, to some extent, it was a wise idea for the rich people to hole themselves up to prevent becoming infected.
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* I'm assuming Poe was trying to teach a moral lesson by punishing the wealthy prince for thinking he was above the plague and partying while everyone else was dying, rather than use his wealth to research a cure or treatment or at least be humbly thoughtful for his relative safety. However, holing up to prevent becoming infected is a wise decision.
  
 
===Ugly===
 
===Ugly===
 
* Nothing.
 
* Nothing.
  
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Masque of the Red Death, The - Jeff Davis.jpg|Illustration by Jeff Davis. Mixes in a seven deadly sins theme.
 
Masque of the Red Death, The - Jeff Davis.jpg|Illustration by Jeff Davis. Mixes in a seven deadly sins theme.
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==Links==
 
==Links==
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Masque_of_the_Red_Death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Masque_of_the_Red_Death] - Wikipedia.
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* [https://poestories.com/read/masque poestories.com/read/masque] - Complete text.
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{{Link|GoodReads|https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/204779.The_Masque_of_the_Red_Death}}
* [https://librivox.org/short-ghost-and-horror-collection-001 librivox.org/short-ghost-and-horror-collection-001] - LibriVox.
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{{Link|ProjectGutenberg|https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1064}}
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Revision as of 16:00, 13 January 2020

The Masque of the Red Death is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in 1842. It tells the tale of a prince who locks himself and all his friends behind the walls of an abbey to avoid becoming infected by a plague known as the red death.

I first read this story on 2017-11-14 as part of my goal to better familiarize myself with classic authors.

Status

I do not own this book, but I have listened to it as an audio book.

Review

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • The masquerader in the red death plague is a pretty interesting character.
  • The story has a pretty creepy plot.

Bad

  • Overall, I found the story to be kind of dull and predictable. The moment I read that the prince was trying to weather the plague by locking himself and his friends in an abbey, I knew they were all going to become infected, although I have to admit, the stranger in the masque is a nice touch.
  • I don't get how the prince dies in the end. Is it simply from attempting to touch the ghostly form?
  • I'm assuming Poe was trying to teach a moral lesson by punishing the wealthy prince for thinking he was above the plague and partying while everyone else was dying, rather than use his wealth to research a cure or treatment or at least be humbly thoughtful for his relative safety. However, holing up to prevent becoming infected is a wise decision.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

Media

Links

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