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January 12, 2013

Unmasking Poe's “Masque of the Red Death”


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Sonia Perez
Dr. Lee Hobbs
Academic Writing 2- Eng 122 CA16
20 January 2009

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death”
It is often easy to figure out the main points of an author’s writings. Edgar Allan Poe’s central ideas of his stories are very simple. One example is “The Masque of the Red Death.” Poe’s focal point is people can prolong life, but death will arrive when it is time. Characters in this writing believe the Red Death cannot reach them; however, they were constantly reminded of death, and the Red Death came.
To begin, Prince Prospero and his court believe the Red Death cannot reach them. The
characters consider they are safe in the palace of Prince Prospero, since the palace has a wall
made from a heavy material and gates of iron. This wall is sufficient to keep out a physical
person; therefore, it should dissuade the Red Death . Yet, he is a mystical being, so, in a hazy form the Red Death can go through a lofty wall. Additionally, in the six months of seclusion that the Red Death does not appear Prince Prospero entertains his guests with a masquerade. This shows that the company in the writing is confident that the Red Death will never come. All the people are pleased and assume the wall has blocked him out. Because of this, the characters
feel they have prolonged their lives.
In the palace the guests are reminded of death. First there are seven rooms in total;
six of them are in diverse colors such as a rainbow which represented life. The six spaces
illustrate how everything is connected in life. In contrast, the last room is black symbolizing
death with red windows representing blood and pain. In this area there is an ebony clock which
shows time, and when it chimes, the people remember death is close. “the chimes of the clock yet rang… the more aged and sedate passed their hands over their brows as if in confused revery or meditation” (line 6). The people are contemplating that it is almost time for them to pass on.
Inevitably, the Red Death comes to the masquerade. No one notices him because, “He
had come like a thief in the night” (line 22) as the clock tolls midnight. The people still
wonder if the visage is the Red Death himself. This emphasizes that they are denying their
deaths. Abruptly, Prince Prospero becomes upset because he thinks one of his revelers is
costumed as the Red Death, and he goes after him with a knife. Approaching the presence of the
Red Death, the prince falls on the knife; this demonstrates that he has faced his death. Likewise, the other fugitives die in the presence of the Red Death. Each has tried to deny death, but in the end, it rules them. Even though the guests and prince are not ready to pass on, and attempt to prolong their lives, still death comes when they least expect it.
In summary, “The Masque of the Red Death,” explains that the people in the eighteenth century believe they can escape death by blocking themselves from the outside world. Even though, they think that death cannot reach them, they are reminded at their end that death will come. Thus, Poe’s main point is people can prolong life, death will arrive when it is time.

Work Citied

Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Masque of the Red Death.” Edgar V. Roberts. Writing About Literature. Brief 11th ed. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2006. 238.

Posted by: Sonia P. at January 19, 2009 08:29 PM

Chris Collier
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA16
Dr. Hobbs
January 25, 2009
Edgar Allen Poe’s Dominating Red Death
Usually, when an atrocity happens to a country, the people of that country try to block out and/or ignore the atrocity. In Edgar Allen Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death” that is precisely what the people of Prince Prospero’s domain do when faced with the Red Death. Poe’s message is to warn and redicule those that break kharmic law.
In the beginning of the story, the surrounding area laid out is representative of revelry and an overall happy-go-lucky attitude. This is shown in the story when Poe describes who the revelers were: “There were buffoons, there were improvisatori, there were ballet-dancers, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine.” (Roberts 239) Poe also lists out various rooms with different color schemes, representing different emotions and moods.
The clock in Prince Prospero’s palace chimed quite loud with each passing hour, and almost in horror, all of the reveler’s stop until it is done tolling. However, the revelers had begun to let their guard down, and did not realize when a sickly peasant had walked in, eventually killing everyone in the palace with the Red Death, including prince Prospero. Poe shows that by not being vigilant and by metaphorically spitting in the face of the disease, the revelers got the punishment they deserved.

Posted by: Chris Collier at January 27, 2009 12:30 AM

Dawn Serzanin
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 CA17
17 February 2009
The Red Death Conspiracy
Edgar Allen Poe used two specific writing elements, plot and structure, to intensify his short story “The Masque of the Red Death.” These two elements are used to emphasize the most important parts of this story as well as to keep the readers attention. Edgar Roberts writes about these two elements and their importance in “Writing About Literature,” he explains the importance not only for the writing process but also for the readers purpose. Poe seems to have a twisted story but he is able to keep you captured with his writing by having a story basis for what he is writing.
In Poe’s short story he makes it clear that he wants the climax of the story to be a big event due to his use of detail and how he began the story with a conflict of a plague. The main character Prince Prospero is able to look past the “Red Death” and turns a possible quarantine into a party for all those not infected. According to Roberts Poe may have started the story off with a conflict because “Conflict is the major element of plot because opposing forces arouse curiosity, cause doubt, create tension, and produce interest(Roberts95).” All of these feelings that reader may experience only makes the story more interesting. Poe also uses structure to keep his readers attention as well as making his story easy enough to follow along with. His use and placement of climax enforces the opinions of Roberts. Poe’s climax begins when the clock strikes twelve and the crowd takes notice of a masque figure that no one had noticed before (Poe 241). The details and further actions taken by Prince Prospero as well as the other guests further supports the climatic elements.
It is clear after reading Poe’s story that plot and structure are two writing elements an author has to be focused on in order to keep the reader’s following as well as to keep their attention. Roberts thoughts on these two elements are strongly supported by “The Masque of the Red Death.”

Works Cited
1. Poe, Edgar Allen “The Masque of the Red Death.” Writing About Literature: 11th ed. Written by Edgar Roberts. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education,2006.
2. Roberts, Edgar.”Writing About Literature: 11th ed.” Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education,2006.

Posted by: Dawn at February 17, 2009 09:16 AM

Steve Milvid
Dr. Hobbs
English 122 Ca17
2/10/09

Poe, Edgar Allen. “The Masque of the Red Death.” Writing About Literature by Edgar V. Roberts
Upper Saddle River: New Jersey. Pearson 2006

The Masque of the Red death by Edgar Allen Poe deals with the arrogance of one group of people versus another. The story takes place in a country going through some sort of epidemic known as the “red scare.” The author describes the ruler of this country and who is one of the major characters, Prince Prospero. The Prince seems to be unsympathetic towards his people as he throws a magnificent costume party in his keep. All the people attending this party wear costume masks on their faces. As all the disaster and disease goes on outside his walls, the prince and those closest to him are blind to it.
The castle is described in great detail by the author as being very eloquent. The main point he stresses are seven different rooms of different colors , the last of them being one of black and velvet with crimson window glass that almost no one goes into. I believe these rooms represent the classes that represent people; the last representing the sick and dying, looked upon by no one. Their partying continues through the story interrupted only by the persistent sounds dong’s of an old clock. The clock can be seen as a symbol or a warning to the party’s unexpected fate. Last to take place in the story is an appearance of an out of place character. This may seem odd because everyone is dressed up and looks different but this one character stands out. “The mask which concealed the visage was made so nearly to resemble the countenance of a stiffened corpse that the closest scrutiny must have had difficulty in detecting the cheat.” (Edgar Allen Poe 241) People at the ball were even mistaking this person for a victim of the red death. The Prince takes offence but even he notices the fear in the room. As the prince rushes to attack the guest who stands in the very last room he falls. And throughout the whole hallway and through all the rooms, death follows.

Works Citied

Poe, Edgar Allen. “The Masque of the Red Death.” Writing About Literature by Edgar V. Roberts
Upper Saddle River: New Jersey. Pearson 2006


Posted by: steve milvid at February 17, 2009 09:24 AM

Sasha-ann Jarrett
Dr. Hobbs
English 122-CA17
February 12, 2009
What we escape on the Outside can get us on the Inside
“The Masque of the Red Death” written by Edgar Allen Poe is about the impossibility to evade death. Within the story, everywhere the characters go there is death looming around them, and so the Prince decides to keep them all in captivity within his castle. In the end, death comes in the form of a person disguised in a mask and kills everyone that was in captivity. In the “The Masque of the Read Death”, the author uses a private home setting to bring across the realism of this eerie atmosphere. Poe's main techniques are his use of graphic description, language, and his lustrous use of color within the castle’s rooms.
Poe’s use of image description is evident at the very beginning of the story, and it heightens further along when he begins to describe the splendid rooms of the Prince’s castle. He uses his language carefully when describing them, allowing the reader to visualize every detail of these miraculous rooms. The language is dark in nature, evidently giving the reader a scare as it emphasizes that no one escapes death in this story. The use of these colorful rooms is ironic within the story, as the story is about death and yet there is the mention of color and banquets. Each room is of a different color and all except one, the black room, can be related to the series of events that occur in the story.
The rooms are also symbolic of how the deaths occur within the castle, as the masked figure pounces upon them. Poe lines the rooms in series, which represents the stages of life, by arranging the rooms in an east to west format. The way in which the rooms are lined up is significant, as it represents the cycle of a day, where the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, resulting in night, symbolizing death because of the darkness that it brings with it. The darkest room, the black room, which is located in the westernmost part of the castle, is in the direction of the setting sun and the end of the day at midnight, which is when death has taken over.
The interior setting is vividly described and awakens the reader’s mind. Poe uses the setting well to show the impossibility of the characters escaping death, and that any attempt to do so would be foolish. The sustainability of the eerie mood that Poe was trying to create, by tying together everything, controlling his setting and not making it coincide with what was happening in the story was brought out by the order in which the series of events occurred along with the descriptions of each setting within the Prince’s home. If another setting was chosen the reader may not have been captivated and the story may not have had the same effect. There may not have been any mystery, any symbolism, and the mood would therefore not have been the same so as to make the reader able to grasp clearly and distinctly what was being conveyed.









Work Cited
Poe, Edgar Allen. “The Masque of The Red Death.” Roberts, Edgar V. Writing Themes About Literature.

Posted by: Sasha-ann Jarrett at February 24, 2009 12:48 AM

Michael Balice
Professor Hobbs
English 122
February 24, 2009
Face of Death
“The masque of the Red Death,” written by Edgar Allen Poe was created to give an uneasy feeling. The story is about a plague, and its different symbolic settings suggest deep meaning. It starts when Prince Prospero locks himself in his castle with an enormous amount of people, symbolically trying to escape death. At the end of the play however, death prevails and Poe’s use of different colors and descriptions gives the reader that edgy feeling.
“The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceilings and the walls” (Poe 239). The seventh room in particular gives the reader one symbolic color in which structures the story. It is deaths introduction and or feeding ground in the castle. Unlike all other rooms the story also states the décor doesn’t match the drapes. This room instantly gives off an eerie feeling, being the last room in the hall and the only one with the absence of color, black.
In this room of darkness also lies a clock. “Its pendulum swung to and fro with a dull, monotonous clang” (Poe 240). This clock plays huge role in the play suggesting the lingering of death. Every time the clock would strike the hour, a silence throughout the masquerade would take place. The clock shows that even with isolation and time one cannot escape death.
The presence of the red death was now acknowledged as said by Edgar Allen Poe, as a reaper like figure submerged from the story. This is thought to be death itself, as the reaper stands in the midst of the party waiting on the clock to turn so it can vanquish all people. “And the dagger dropped upon the sable carpet, upon which, instantly afterwards, fell prostrate in death Prince Prospero” (Poe 242). The clock struck as the prince did everything in his power to escape and or murder death itself. This significant scene ended the play along with the rest of life within it.
Edgar Allen Poe did a magnificent job in defining the ways of fate and death. His use of color setting and scene clearly indulged an eerie presence. Poe also poses the understanding that desire is not a great enough characteristic to escape death. It takes more of that which is understood at the fall of the prince’s party. Death cannot be escaped, which leads to the dramatic irony of the play. This single aspect supports every characteristic and single setting that the story ultimately alludes to.

Work Cited
Roberts, Edgar V. Writing about Literature. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall PTR, 2005.

Posted by: michael Balice at February 24, 2009 09:20 AM

Allyn Tuff
Dr. Hobbs
English 122 CA 16
3-5-09
Symbolism
In the story “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edger Allen Poe, I found two forms of symbolism and three examples. The first example was the scarlet room that contained a clock. Another example of symbolism was the masque man being covered with blood, and the other example was the clock itself. These three examples of symbolism fall under the categories of either contextual symbolism, or cultural symbolism. According to Edger V. Roberts, Contextual symbolism is “Objects and descriptions that are not universal symbols….and are only contextual if they are made so within individual works.” (Roberts 130). He says that in cultural symbolism, “they embody ideas and emotions that writers and readers share as heirs of the same historical and cultural tradition.” (Roberts 130)
When the story is being introduced, it tells of seven different rooms that each had a theme to it. The one that they focused on though, was a black room had scarlet window curtains that Poe described as “a deep blood color.” (Poe 241). The room was black mixed with the color of blood, and contained a clock that sent out the most bone chilling melody at the strike of twelve every hour. I believe that this symbolizes that something will have death to it in this story, and it will happen inside of this house. This is an example of cultural symbolism because the room was the color black in most cultures represents death.
Next came along the masque man, who had gotten into the house, and was said to have a death like stance, and a tall frame. This man was covered in blood, which symbolizes that he is going to be the man who causes death. When the man finally reaches where the Prince can see him, the Prince then chases after the death man, and dies trying. Then everyone else in the story dies along with him because they got a fatal disease. I believe that the symbolism of blood on the man is also cultural because blood represents death in most cultures.
The clock is the last of the symbolisms. The clock symbolizes life and death. Everyone at the party was alive while the clock ticked away, but as soon as the man of death came and killed the Prince and everyone else died, the clock then stopped ticking and stopped letting off the melody. This happened because everyone died. This is a form of contextual symbolism because the symbol of the clock was made up in the writing, and the clock doesn’t represent life in any cultures.
The Masque of the Red Death was a book full of symbolism. In order to take out the ones that matter, one has to figure out how they are important. Well in this case the three signs of symbolism were put into two form that could be either contextual or cultural. These three symbols are the room that was black, the man of death being covered in blood, and the clock that represented life.


Works Cited
Poe, Edger Allen. "The Masque of the Red Death." Roberts, Edger V. Writing about literature. Upper Saddle, NJ: Pearson INC., 2005. 238-242.
Roberts, Edger V. Writing About Literature. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentive Hall, 2005.


Posted by: allyn Tuff at March 9, 2009 07:09 PM

Vintoria Hopps and Chris Lavie
Dr Hobbs
ENG 122 CA08
28 January 2013

QUESTION 25: How do you explain the effect of the ebony clock’s chimes on the assembled guests?

ANSWER: The effects that the Ebony clock’s chime had on the guest were while the musicians were performing they would momentarily pause as the clock rang. The guest would be in a great deal of discomfort and confusion. The guest had raised eye brows trying to figure out exactly what was happening. However, after the chiming of the clock completely ceased the company and musicians laughed as if they were relieved and no longer nervous. According to page 5 the short story reads: “and, while the chimes of the clock yet rang, it was observed that the giddiest grew pale, and the more aged and sedate passed their hands over their brows as if in confused revery or meditation. But when the echoes had fully ceased, a light laughter at once pervaded the assembly.” (Pg. 5)

Posted by: Chris Lavie at January 28, 2013 10:57 AM

Jordan Miller, Jasmine Lowe
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 CA08
28 Jan 2012

Question 19: How does this story reflect a type of caste system in the kingdom? Explain.
Answer: A caste is a segregation of people throughout society that is defined by wealth, heritage, and social class. In the story the Masque of the Red Death, Prince Prospero takes himself and the upper class members of society and he locks them inside a small warehouse, to protect them from the Red Death. Within the warehouse he arranged for parties and social gatherings, as if life had never changed, trying to be completely oblivious to the outside world. In the story it states, “The prince had provided all the appliances of pleasure. There were buffoons, there were improvisatori, there were ballet-dancers, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine. All these and security were within” (Poe, 3). Almost as if they had never even left the castle. If you were part of his clique you lived, if you weren’t you died.

Posted by: Jordan Miller, Jasmine Lowe at January 28, 2013 11:14 AM

Allison and Brynn
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122
28 January 2013

Questions: 28. What effect does the strange figure who appears at the stroke of midnight
have on the revellers?

29. Why does Prince Prospero get so mad?

Answers: 28. “And the rumor of this new presence having spread itself whisperingly around, there arose at length from the whole company a buzz, or murmur, expressive of disapprobation and surprise—then, finally, of terror, of horror, and of disgust.” (Poe 7) At first, the people had little to no reaction but it quickly built up into terror. The murmurs had spread throughout the room assuming this figure was the type of the Red Death.

29. Prince Prospero gets so mad because he thought that this figure was mocking the Red Death and making a mockery out of it. ““Who dares”—he demanded hoarsely of the courtiers
who stood near him—“who dares insult us with this blasphemous mockery? Seize him and unmask him—that we may know whom we have to hang, at sunrise, from the
battlements!”” (Poe 8)

Posted by: Allison Knipe at January 28, 2013 11:18 AM

Jade Lowe and Angie Fortunak
Dr. Hobbs
Academic Writing II CA 08
28 January 2013

Question 12: Describe the "new guest."
Question 13: How did Prince Prospero react upon seeing this strange new guest?

Answers: While reading the "The Masque of the Red Death" a "new guest" is in the town. The new guest is described as "tall and gaunt, and shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave. The mask concealed the visage was made so nearly to resemble the countenance of a stiffened corpse that the closest scrutiny must have had difficulty in detecting the cheat" (Poe 8). The new guest was not one of beauty but one that had blood all over and was killing off members of the town very fast. Prince Prospero when he first saw of the "new guest" had a "strong shudder either of terror or distaste; but, in the next his brow reddened with rage" (Poe 8). Prince Prospero was very upset that this unwelcomed guest was in his kingdom. He wanted to seize the guest and have the guest hang. It is obvious throughout the story that this guest was very unwelcomed in the kingdom.

Posted by: Angie Fortunak at January 28, 2013 03:30 PM

Briyana & Jennifer
Dr. Hobbs
Eng 122 CA08 Masque Of The Red Death
29 January 2013
Question: What kind of conflict do we find in this story?
The main conflict we find in this story is Man vs. Nature because Prospero locked his friends inside his mansion with him so they wouldn't catch the red death "But the Prince Prospero was happy and dauntless and
sagacious. When his dominions were half depopulated, he
summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted
friends from among the knights and dames of his court, and
with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his
castellated abbeys." (Poe, 3)

Posted by: Briyana & Jennifer at January 29, 2013 08:11 PM

Analisa Johnson
Dr.Hobbs
Eng 122-CA 08
29 January 2013

Question: What did the guests do once the prince fell in death?

Answer: The guest threw themselves into the black apartment, and were in horror at finding the grave and corpse-like mask, which they handled with so violent a rudeness(pg 10)

Question: What do we know now(at the end of the story) about the strange?

Answer: We now know that the strange guest is the Red Death

Posted by: Analisa Johnson at January 29, 2013 09:21 PM

Marlie and Marie
Dr.hobbs
Eng 122 CA08 Academic Writting II
january 29, 2013

Question: A: In the seventh chanber,what stood against the western wall? B: What might this indicate or foreshadow? Explain.

Answer: A: "It was in this apartment also, that there stood against the western wall, a gigantic clock of ebony." (page 5) B: This may foreshadow that time is ticking away before the red death comes to them.

Posted by: Marlie Gonzalez at January 30, 2013 09:59 AM

Alex Koufas
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA08
17 September 2013

Question: How long did it take “The Red Death” to take someone’s life?

Answer: In Edgar Allan Poe’s, “The Masque of the Red Death”, the Red Death comes upon the hour of midnight. In the story, he says, “But now there were twelve strokes to be sounded by the bell of the clock; and thus it happened, perhaps, that more of thought crept, with more of time, into the meditations of the thoughtful among those who revelled”. (Poe, 7) After the twelve strokes, the halls would be quiet and that is how the Red Death killed everyone.

Posted by: Alex Koufas at September 17, 2013 04:03 PM

Michael Ossolinski
Dr.Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA08
17 September 2013

Question:What did the prince decide to do after 5 or 6 months?

Answer: the Prince entertained his thousand friends at a masked ball of the most unusual magnificence

Proof: (p.4,paragraph 1,lines 3-4)

Posted by: Michael Ossolinski at September 17, 2013 04:41 PM

Kiara Michelle Burgos Diaz
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA 08
17 September 2013

Question: There were 7 rooms that were decorated for the masquerade. Describe them:

Answer: In the story “THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH” from Edgar Allan Poe, the Prince Prospero was planning a masked ball with the most unusual magnificence. The Prince Prospero arrange seven different rooms to please his guest. As the narrator say, “But first let me tell of the rooms in which it was held” (Poe 4).
1) The first chamber in the eastern extremity was in blue and vividly blue were its windows.
2) The second chamber was purple in its ornaments and tapestries, and here the panes were purple.
3) The third was green throughout, and so were the casements.
4) The fourth was furnished and lighted with orange.
5) The fifth with white.
6) The sixth with violet.
7) The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls, falling in heavy folds upon a carpet of the same material and hue. But in this chamber only, the color of the windows failed to correspond with the decorations. The panes here were scarlet—a deep blood color. It was in this apartment, also, that there stood against the western wall, a gigantic clock of ebony.
All the seven rooms have in common that there’s any lamp or candelabrum, amid the profusion of golden ornaments that lay scattered to and fro or depended from the roof. There was no light of any kind emanating from lamp or candle within the suite of chambers.

Posted by: Kiara M Burgos Diaz at September 17, 2013 09:47 PM

Maryerie Rojas
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA 08
17 September 2013

Question 4: When the courtiers arrived, why did they bring furnaces and hammers?

Answer: The courtiers had furnaces and hammers because they “resolved to leave means neither of ingress nor egress to the sudden impulses of despair or of frenzy from within’ (Poe 3). This means that they would have had a way to protect themselves from the entrance or exit of the Red Death. The furnaces and hammer were weapons “the courtiers might bid defiance to contagion” with (Poe 3).

Posted by: Maryerie Rojas at September 17, 2013 11:39 PM

Jeffrey Wingfield
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 CA08 Academic Writing II
17 September 2013
How were the seven chambers lit? How does this affect the atmosphere and ambiance of the party?

The seven chambers are lit with colored lights that could represent the progress of a human life, beginning with birth (blue), proceeding through the seasons of life (summer and fall in green and orange), and eventually ending with death (red and black). This ands an almost mysterious ambiance to the party as things can be concealed by the abnormal and jarring colors.

Posted by: Jeffrey Wingfield at September 18, 2013 12:18 PM

Ti’rani Rye
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA08
18 September 2013
Question: “What is ‘Red Death’? Why do you think it was given this name?”
Answer: The Red Death is a plague that filters through a town of people, killing them in gruesome ways. The name ‘Red Death’ serves as a symbol as well as a literary term for the plague that kills many people. The prince tries to use his wealth to defend himself against the disease but in the end is left with nowhere as the disease closes in on him. It is given this name because of the literal purpose it serves as well as the metaphor.

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Hubert Reuter
Dr .B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA06
4 Febuary 2014

Question:
10. a) In the seventh chamber, what stood against the western wall?

b) What might this indicate or foreshadow? Explain.

Answer:
In the seventh chamber what stood against the wall was a “gigantic clock of ebony. Its pendulum swung to and fro with a dull, heavy, monotonous clang;” (Poe 5). What I believe this clock is indicating to the party goers is that even though they are safe within the castle walls life is still happening outside and as a result their life is also coming closer to an end . Also, the fact that the clock is ebony represents the color of death.

Posted by: Hubert Reuter at February 4, 2014 12:57 PM

Maxx Howarth
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG122 Academic Writing II CA12
4 February 2014

QUESTION #3:
What did Prince Prospero do when half of his kingdom had died?

ANSWER:
Once half of Prince Prospero's kingdom had died, he merely "summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court, and with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his castellated abbeys" (Poe 3). In other words, he simply decides to lock him, and a thousand of his subjects, up within the gates of his kingdom to prevent the Red Death from being a bother to them.

Posted by: Maxx Howarth at February 4, 2014 01:19 PM

Bianca T. Smith
Dr. B Lee Hobbs
Academic Writing II CA12
4 Feb. 2014

Question #13: How did Prince Prospero react upon seeing this strange new guest?

Answer: Prince Prospero did not look pleased when he saw this strange new guest. He then got really angry at the new guest and asked him who he was. "“Who dares”—he demanded hoarsely of the courtiers
who stood near him—“who dares insult us with this
blasphemous mockery? Seize him and unmask him—that we may know whom we have to hang, at sunrise, from the battlements!” (Poe 8). He threatened to hang him since they were all insulted by the new guest.

Posted by: Bianca T. Smith at February 4, 2014 03:49 PM

Berlin Waters
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II Ca12
4 February 2014

Question #6:
What did the prince do after 5 or 6 months?

Answer:
After 5 or 6 months of seclusion from the outside world, Prince Prospero "entertained his thousand friends at a masked ball of the most unusual magnificence" (Poe 4).

Posted by: Berlin Waters at February 4, 2014 06:17 PM

Makenzie Holler
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
4 February 2014

Question #14: Even though the prince ordered his guests to seize the stranger, they did not. Why do you think they allowed him to pass freely?

Answer: The prince's guest did not seize his stranger because they were afraid they were going to get the "Red Death". The prince could not believe that his guests did not do what they were told to do. The stranger walked though "but from a certain nameless awe with which the mad assumptions of the mummer had inspired the whole party, there were found none who put forth hand to seize him" (Poe 9).

Posted by: Makenzie Holler at February 4, 2014 06:36 PM

Gabriela Caminero
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
4 February 2014

Question #15:
What happened when Prince Prospero reached the black, western-most room?

Answer:
When he reached the western- most room he found a room with blood-tinted panes and there was an ebony clock which every hour it rang (Poe, 5).

Posted by: Gabriela Caminero at February 4, 2014 08:38 PM

Sawyer Hand
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
5 January 2014

Question: What happened when the clock struck each hour?

Answer: The author in this story is very descriptive when describing the house. One item that he is particularly descriptive about is the clock. This clock is special because of what it does when it reaches a new hour. The author describes this as the following, "and when the minute-hand made the circuit of the face, and the hour was to be stricken, there came from the brazen lungs of the clock a sound which was clear and loud and deep and exceedingly musical, but of so peculiar a note and emphasis that, at each lapse of an hour, the musicians of the orchestra were constrained to pause, momentarily, in their performance, to hearken to the sound; and thus the waltzers perforce ceased their evolutions; and there was a brief disconcert of the whole gay company; and, while the chimes of the clock yet rang, it was observed that the giddiest grew pale, and the more aged and sedate passed their hands over their brows as if in confused revery or meditation. But when the echoes had fully ceased, a light laughter at once pervaded the assembly; the mussicians looked at each other and smiled as if at their own nervousness and folly, and made whispering vows, each to the other, that the next chiming of the clock should produce in them no similar emotion" (Poe 5). The author does a good job in this quotation to make you understand how unique of a sound the clock makes.

Posted by: sawyer hand at February 4, 2014 08:41 PM

Jeffrey Wingfield
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
4 February 2014
Question:
How were the seven chambers lit? How does this affect the atmosphere and ambiance of the party?
Answer:
The seven chambers are lit with colored lights that could represent the progress of a human life, beginning with birth (blue), proceeding through the seasons of life (summer and fall in green and orange), and eventually ending with death (red and black). This ads an almost mysterious ambiance to the party as things can be concealed by the abnormal and jarring colors.

Posted by: Jeffrey Wingfield at February 4, 2014 10:08 PM

James Jessop
Dr. B. Lee. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
4th February 2014

Question 6 – What did the prince decide to do after 5 or 6 months?

Answer – After five or sixth months, “the Prince Prospero entertained his thousand friends at a masked ball of the most unusual magnificence” (Poe 4). It was said to have been a “voluptuous scene” (Poe 4) held throughout 7 huge rooms.

Posted by: James Jessop at February 4, 2014 11:50 PM

Sarah A Ellis
Dr. B Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
5 February 2014

Question 5:
What did the Prince Prospero provide within the walls of the abbey?

Answer:
Within the walls of the abbey, Prince Prospero provided “buffoon, improvisatori, ballet-dancers, musicians, Beauty, and wine” (Poe 3). The only thing that was not present within the walls was the Red Death (Poe 3).

Posted by: Sarah Ellis at February 4, 2014 11:57 PM

Traneisha Cunningham
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II
2 February 2013

QUESTION #4:
When the countries arrived, why did they bring furnaces and hammers?

ANSWER:
The countries brought furnaces and hammers to weld the bolts of the wall (Poe 3). They bolted the walls keeping it secluded. "They resolved to leave means neither of ingress nor egress to the sudden impulses of despair or of frenzy form within" (Poe 3). The countries had made sure there was no way in entering and leaving from the area so they brought furnaces and hammers to ensure that the wall would make sure the area was well secluded.

Posted by: Traneisha Cunningham at February 5, 2014 09:48 AM

Shelby Marrero
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG Academic Writing II CA12
5 Feb. 2014

Question #1:
What is "Red Death"

Answer:
The "Red Death" symbolizes death because at the end of the story it describes how everyone in the room all dropped and died. It clearly says in the last paragraph of the story " And one by one
dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall." (Poe 10) Showing that his presence was known as the "Red Death"

Posted by: Shelby Marrero at February 5, 2014 10:02 AM

Maxx Howarth & Jeff Wingfield
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG122 Academic Writing II CA12
5 February 2014

QUESTION #9:
a) How were the seven chambers lit?
b) How does this affect the atmosphere and ambiance of the party?

ANSWER:
The seven chambers are lit with colored lights that could represent the progress of a human life, beginning with birth (blue), proceeding through the seasons of life (summer and fall in green and orange), and eventually ending with death (red and black). This ads an almost mysterious ambiance to the party as things can be concealed by the abnormal and jarring colors. Poe describes the rooms as, "The second chamber was purple in its ornaments and tapestries, and here the panes were purple. The third was green throughout, and so were the casements. The fourth was furnished and lighted with orange—the fifth with white—the sixth with violet" (Poe 4).

QUESTION #17:
What do we know now (at the end of the story) about the strange guest?

ANSWER:
At the end of the story, we now know that the cloaked man is the Red Death and that "Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all" (Poe 10). The death of Prince Prospero is representative of the fact that no matter who you are, and no matter how wealthy you are, you cannot escape death. In addition, those who actually think that they can, will be sought out and punished for their arrogance.

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Posted by: Maxx Howarth at February 5, 2014 11:03 AM

Samantha Witte
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG122 Academic Writing II
17 September 2014


QUESTION #4:
In Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” when the courtiers arrived, why did they bring furnaces and hammers?

ANSWER:
The courtiers brought furnaces and hammers to fight off whatever adversity or threats that may arise within the house of the prince. The point of attending the lengthy part of the prince was to stay secluded and safe from the “Red Death” plague among the rest of the court. The courtiers wanted to be ready if they had to face any “sudden impulses of despair or frenzy from within” (Poe 3). They already knew that the outside was dangerous, so they wanted to be prepared for anything the inside brought. Ultimately, they wanted to avoid getting the plague. Their thinking was they “might bid defiance to contagion. The external world could take care of itself” (Poe 3). They all thought that by staying with the prince they would all avoid the plague, which unfortunately infected them all.

Posted by: Samantha Witte at September 17, 2014 06:16 PM

Elizabeth Brown
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II
18 September 2014

Question #3:
In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” what did Prince Prospero do when half of his kingdom had died?

Answer:
Price Prospero tried to seize the Red Death after half of his kingdom had died, only to die by the Red Death with a dagger. “Who dares”—he demanded hoarsely of the courtiers who stood near him—“who dares insult us with this blasphemous mockery? Seize him and unmask him—that we may know whom we have to hang, at sunrise, from the battlements!” (Edgar Allan Poe, “The Masque of the Red Death,” pg. 8)

Posted by: Elizabeth Brown at September 18, 2014 04:25 PM

Rashard Knowles
Dr. B Lee. Hobs
ENG122 Academic Writing CA07
21 September 2014

Question
In Edgar Popes short story "The Masque of the Red Death" (a) what is the red death? why might it have been given this name? Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.

Answer
In my opinion, the masque of the red death is a form of symbolism. Obviously the masque is the physical mask that the murder is wearing to hide is appearance, but "the red death" symbolizes the fact that he killed so many men that night that the room that was once draped in black with a red window, was now red by the blood of those that he killed.

As seen on page 10 lines 2 - 3 " a
throng of the revellers at once threw themselves into the
black apartment, and, seizing the mummer"

Also lines 8 - 11 "And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red
Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one
dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their
revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall."

Posted by: Rashard Knowles at September 21, 2014 03:58 PM

Zachary Gary
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA07
22 September 2014

Question #15:
In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” what did the guests do once the prince fell in death? Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.
Answer:
The guests threw themselves into the black apartment, which really means that it’s the thoughts of death, darkness, grief, and nighttime. (Poe 10) All the rooms represent a mood or feeling and they are put in order from beginning to the end. I think the masked man symbolizes the plague, so he got sick and died from that and it eventually got everyone even though they all tried to avoid it. By the meaning of he became a thief at night is by saying that he took every ones lives with him. They clock represented that things were going to happen, it was just a matter of time
“There was a sharp cry—and the dagger dropped gleaming upon the sable carpet, upon which, instantly afterward, fell prostrate in death the Prince Prospero.”
“Then, summoning the wild courage of despair, a throng of the revellers at once threw themselves into the black apartment, and, seizing the mummer, whose tall figure stood erect and motionless within the shadow of the ebony clock, gasped in unutterable horror at finding the grave cerements and corpse-like mask, which they handled with so violent a rudeness, untenanted by any tangible form.”

Posted by: Zachary Gary at September 22, 2014 09:50 PM

Trejon Baynham
Dr. Burgsbee Lee Hobbs
ENG. 122 CA 04
24 September 2014

QUESTION:
How was the seventh chamber different from the other six?

ANSWER:
The difference is in the unison of décor. Unlike the other chambers, the seventh had possessed windows that failed to correspond to the black decorations coating its walls (Poe 4).

Posted by: Trejon Baynham at September 24, 2014 01:22 PM

Question 16:
In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, ”The Masque of the Red Death “ what do readers finally know at the end of the story about the strange guest?’

Answer:
The author say, “The whole company, indeed, seemed now deeply to feel that in the costume and bearing of the stranger neither wit nor propriety existed. The figure was tall and gaunt, and shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave.
The mask, which concealed the visage, was made so nearly to
resemble the countenance of a stiffened corpse that the
closest scrutiny must have had difficulty in detecting the
cheat.” At the end of the story, the readers discover that the strange does not exist.

Posted by: Mickael Dodard at September 24, 2014 01:44 PM

John Crane
Dr.Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing CA07
24 September 2014
The Masque of the Red Death
QUESTION #5: What did Prince Prospero provide within the walls of the abbey?

ANSWER: The Prince provided a safe place for a thousand of his friends and himself to live secluded from the red death (Poe 3). He also had provided “all of the appliances of pleasure” (poe 3).

Posted by: John Crane at September 25, 2014 06:21 PM

Alyssa Davis
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA07
September 27, 2014

Question #7:
In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” seven rooms were decorated for the masquerade. Briefly describe each of them. Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.
Answer:
The first room had windows that were stained with colors that varied with the prevailing hue of decorations of the chamber, “that at the eastern extremity was hung, for example, in blue and vividly blue were its windows.” The second chamber was decorated in purple ornaments and tapestries. The panes in this room were also purple. “The third was green throughout, and so were the casements,” (Poe 4). The fourth room has furniture and lighting of an orange color. The fifth room was white with white furniture and lighting while the sixth room was set up the same way as the fifth and fourth room just with a violet color. “The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls, falling in heavy folds upon a carpet of the same material and hue,” (Poe 4). The only difference about this room from the rest of the rooms is in the seventh room the color of the windows did not go with the decorations.

Posted by: Alyssa Davis at September 27, 2014 09:46 PM

Justine Gonzalez
Dr.Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA07
24 September 2014

Question #11:
In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” what happened when the clock struck each hour? Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.

Answer:
In Edgar Allan Poe's short story, The Masque of the Red Death," when the clock hits every hour then the musicians must keep quite and listen to the echo and chime of the music and the ding of the bell. The story says "the musicians of the orchestra were constrained to pause, momentarily, in their performance, to hearken to the sound."(Poe 5)

Posted by: Justine Gonzalez at September 29, 2014 10:55 AM

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Posted by: Dr. B. Lee Hobbs at October 1, 2014 10:14 AM

Emily Buckley
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
4 February 2015

Question: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” (a) how were the
seven chambers lit? and (b) How does this affect the atmosphere and ambiance of
the party? Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to
support your answer.

Answer: The seven chambers had big glass stained windows “These windows were of stained glass whose color varied in accordance with the prevailing hue of the decorations of the chamber into which it opened.” (Poe 4) In the rooms there was no source of light. The light came shining through the windows there was a flame on the other side so the window would cause the room to be the color of the stained glass. “There was no light of any kind emanating from lamp or candle within the suite of
chambers. But in the corridors that followed the suite, there stood, opposite to each window, a heavy tripod, bearing a brazier of fire, that projected its rays through the tinted glass and so glaringly illumined the room. And thus were produced a multitude of gaudy and fantastic appearances. But in the western or black chamber the effect of the firelight that streamed upon the dark hangings through the blood-tinted panes, was ghastly in the extreme…” Each room was a different dominant color, the last room was red and ominous so not many guests were brave enough to enter. Nobody wanted to go into the bloody colored room, so all of the other rooms were crowded with guests. “But these other apartments were densely crowded, and in them beat feverishly the heart of life.” (Poe 7)

Posted by: Emily Buckley at February 4, 2015 12:57 PM

Selena Hammie
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing CA12
4 February 2015

“The Masque of the Red Death”

Question #7: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” There were seven rooms that were decorated for the masquerade. Briefly describe each of them.

The seven apartments are described as: “irregularly disposed”, “a sharp turn at every twenty or thirty yards, and at each turn a novel effect.” (Poe Page 4 paragraph 2) To the right and left, in the middle of each wall, a tall and narrow Gothic window…. These windows were of stained glass whose colors varied in accordance with the prevailing hue of decorations of the chamber into which opened.” “The second chamber was purple in its ornaments and tapestries, and here the panes were purple. The third was green throughout, and so were the casements. The fourth was furnished and lighted with orange—the fifth with white—the sixth with violet. The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls, falling in heavy folds upon a carpet of the same material and hue.” (Poe Page 4 paragraph 2) All of the apartments did not have light.

Posted by: Selena Hammie at February 4, 2015 02:43 PM

Kathleen Sholl
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing CA12
5 February 15

The Masque of the Red Death Discussion Question

Question 20: What kind of conflict is present in Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death”?

Answer: In “The Masque of the Red Death,” Prince Prospero’s attempt to evade death is showing an internal and external conflict with character vs. nature. Prince Prospero’s castle is boarded up in an effort to keep out the red death plague that has “long devastated the country” (Poe 3). The character is Prince Prospero, and nature is death in this short story. Prince Prospero is “besprinkled with the scarlet horror” (Poe 8) and tries to escape the plague at all cost.

Posted by: Kathleen Sholl at February 5, 2015 04:42 PM

Mallory Delay
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing CA12
5 February 2015

Question 15: In Edgar Allen Poe's short story, "The Marque of the Red Death," what did the guests do once the prince fell in death?

Answer: The guests at the party "threw themselves into the black apartment." (Poe 10) This apartment is supposed to represent death. With the Prince no longer there to keep their minds off the Red Death with his party, they have to face to inevitable. They trap to capture the man who has killed to Prince, but he is no man. This masked stranger is Red Death that plagues the kingdom and by capturing him, "one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died." (Poe 10)

Posted by: Mallory Delay at February 5, 2015 08:05 PM

Diego Garcia
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
5 February 2015

Discussion Question

Quote: “When his dominions were half depopulated, he summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court, and with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his castellated abbeys.” (Poe 3).

Question: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” what did Prince Prospero do when half of his kingdom had died?

Answer: When half of Prince Prospero’s kingdom died, he brought a thousand friends and locked himself and his friends away from Red Death. According to the quote, “They resolved to leave means neither of ingress nor egress to the sudden impulses of despair or of frenzy from within.” (Poe 3) these people are on lock down, and nobody can leave or enter.

Posted by: Diego Garcia at February 6, 2015 01:01 AM

Rachel Addington
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
5 February 2015

Question: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death” when the courtiers arrived, why did they bring furnaces and hammers?

Answers: The courtiers brought furnaces and hammers so they could seal the doors shut and make it to where no one can come or go. "The courtiers, having entered, brought furnaces and massy hammers and welded the bolts." They made it to where no one can come or go so that the outside world couldn't get in due to panic of the disease and so that the insiders didn't have to worry about the disease and just in case they panicked too. "They resolved to leave means neither of ingress nor egress to the sudden impulses of despair or of frenzy from within." The story mentions how well stocked the abbey is with food which implies they will be there for a long period of time which goes with the idea of them locking themselves in to avoid the disease. "The abbey was amply provisioned. With such precautions the courtiers might bid defiance to contagion."

Posted by: rachel addington at February 6, 2015 09:34 AM

Kaitlin Murphy
Dr. Hobbs
ENG Academic Writing CA12
5 February 2015

Question: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” what did the prince decide to do after five or six months? (Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.)

Answer: “It was towards the close of the fifth or sixth month of his seclusion, and while the pestilence raged most furiously abroad, that the Prince Prospero entertained his thousand friends at a masked ball of the most unusual magnificence” (Poe 4). After five or six months, you can see that the prince decides to throw a party for his friends.

Posted by: Kaitlin Murphy at February 6, 2015 10:31 AM

Vallinique Martin
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
6 February 2015
Question: What is the red death? Why might it have been given this name?
Answer: The “red death” is an allegory because it has a few hidden meanings. The most obvious meaning is the disease name “Red Death” that spreads through the country causing multiple deaths. Also the red and black colored room none of the guest wanted to enter. The story was named the red death to emphasize the importance of life and death. For instance, the prince tries to use wealth to “escape death.” “The external world could take care of itself. In the meantime, it was folly to grieve, or to think. The prince had provided all the appliances of pleasure. There were buffoons, there were improvisator, there were ballet-dancers, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine. All these and security were within. Without was the "Red Death.” (Poe 3) Just as the red death had overpowered everyone else, it eventually killed Prospero regardless of his wealth.

Posted by: Vallinique Martin at February 6, 2015 05:19 PM

Charis Lavoie
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
6 February 2015

Question 13: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” even though the Prince ordered his guests to seize the stranger, they did not. Why might they have allowed him to pass freely? Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.

Answer: When the prince ordered his men to seize the masked man, they briefly rushed towards him but ultimately shrieked back in terror (Poe 9). The prince’s guests did not have the courage to seize the man because of his resemblance to one from the grave; he had “..the countenance of a stiffened corpse (Poe 8).”

Posted by: Charis Lavoie at February 8, 2015 04:28 PM

Amanda Cannon
Dr. Hobbs
ENC 122 Academic Writing II CA12
8 February 2015

The Masque of the Red Death

Question #8: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” how was the seventh chamber different than the other six? Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.

Answer: As Poe stated in his story, there were seven chambers. Each chamber had corresponding hues, except for the seventh one, “But in this chamber only, the color of the windows failed to correspond with the decorations” (Poe 4). The seventh chamber was “shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls…carpet of the same material and hue” (Poe 4). The window panes were scarlet. The seventh chamber also had a “gigantic clock of ebony” (Poe 5), which no other chamber had.

Posted by: Amanda Cannon at February 8, 2015 05:06 PM

Aderias Ewing
Dr. Hobbs
Academic Writing 2
8 February 2015
Question 11: “The Masque of the Red Death,” what happened when the clock struck each hour?
In "The Masque of the Red Death" when the hour strikes; on page seven: When the clock chimes everybody in the rooms stops what they are doing and watches the clock. The ebony clock symbolizes time. When it chimes, everybody stops what he or she are doing to see if his or her time is up. In addition, when the story is over and everybody has died the clock stops.

Posted by: aderias ewing at February 8, 2015 09:54 PM

Emma Riemer
Dr.Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
8 February 2015


The masque of the red death

Question 14: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” what happened when Prince Prospero reached the black, western-most room?

Answer:
When Prince Prospero reaches the black room, he dies. Poe write, “There was a sharp cry—and the dagger dropped gleaming upon the sable carpet, upon which, instantly afterward, fell prostrate in death the Prince Prospero” (Poe 9). The masked intruder is a metaphor of the red death as he moves through the chambers he infects all the guests. When Prince Prospero reaches the intruder, he dies from the disease.

Posted by: Emma Riemer at February 8, 2015 11:29 PM

Amber Dunlap
Dr. Hobbs
ENG. 122 Academic Writing CA 12
6 February 2015

Question 12:
Describe the “new guest” and how did prince Prospero react upon seeing the strange new guest?
Answer:
The new guests were dressed like a corpse in a burial shroud resembling dead people with their masks. When Prince Prospero first gets a look at the new guests, he first becomes terrified and then suddenly gets upset. At that moment, he automatically demanded to find out who they were. Once they tried to take the mask off “the new guest,” they realize it was nothing under there. In addition, instantly everyone in the party becomes endangered.

Posted by: Amber DUnlap at February 9, 2015 12:54 AM

Victoria Markou
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA 12
9 February 2015

Question 5: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” what did Prince Prospero provide within the walls of the abbey?

Answer: Prince Prospero provided a sanctuary filled with distractions from the outside world in which the red death epidemic lurked. This magnificent world “provides all the appliances of pleasure,” security, and was dominated by the prince’s own “eccentric taste” (Poe 3).

Posted by: Victoria Markou at February 9, 2015 03:26 AM

Jan Urbaniak
Dr. Hobbs
ENG122 Academic Writing II CA12
9 February 2015
Question: 19. What does Poe seem to be trying to tell readers his short story, “The Masque of the Red Death.” What is the theme or message? Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.

Answer: He tried to show us that no matter whom we are, death is the same for everyone. “And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.” (Poe 10)

Posted by: Jan Urbaniak at February 9, 2015 09:53 AM

Peyton Farrier
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing CA09
16 September 2015

Question: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” how was the seventh chamber different than the other six? Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.

Answer: The seventh chamber was very dark and almost death like while the other six were full of color and light, almost dreamlike. "It was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls, falling in heavy folds upon a carpet of the same material and hue" (Poe 4).

Posted by: Peyton Farrier at September 16, 2015 05:59 PM

Michael Mooney
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA09
16 September 2015

Question: Think about the arrangement of the rooms in Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "The Masque of the Red Death." The blue room is farthest east, and the black room is farthest west. What might this arrangement represent?
Answer: The apartments of Prince Prospero's castle are arranged in what the guests can only assume is a random order in accordance with the prince's bizarre tastes "In many palaces, however, such suites form a long and straight vista…..Here the case was very different, as might have been expected from the duke's love of the bizarre." (Poe 4). However, Poe specifically arranged these rooms so that when "visited" in order (from east to west) they mimic the stages of the sun throughout the day. The first room, blue, represents the rising of the sun and the blue hue it throws across the sky in the very first stages of sunrise. The final room represents night, the end of the day when darkness envelops the sky. All other rooms represent the stages in between, from the youngest parts of the day to the last few hours before sundown. The sun's stages, however, have often been used as a metaphor for the human life cycle. "Sunrise" representing the beginning of life, and "Sunset" meaning death. The rooms in-between represent the different stages of life, such as youth, adulthood, and the final years of life. Prince Prospero's chase of the mummer from the Blue room to the Black room can be seen as the Prince Crossing the different stages of life "It was then, however, that Prince Prospero, maddening with rage and the shame of his own momentary cowardice, rushed hurriedly through the six chambers" (Poe 9) and towards his own death.

Posted by: Michael Mooney at September 16, 2015 06:46 PM

Maria Gonzalez
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA09
16 September 2015

Question: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” (a) In the seventh chamber, what stood against the western wall? and (b) What might this indicate or foreshadow? Explain. Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.

Answer: In “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe, there are seven rooms in which a voluptuous party is occurring. In the seventh room, there is a “gigantic clock of ebony” against the western wall (Poe 5). The clock’s pendulum “swung to and fro with a dull, heavy, monotonous clang” that left the guests hushed while the chimes sounded, and yet upbeat after they faded away (Poe 5-6). The monotonous and heavy, dull sound of the clock might be what foreshadows the death of the guests and the Prince at midnight. Another event that the clock might symbolize is the place where the Prince and his guests are to begin dying, the seventh room where the clock is at (Poe 10).

Posted by: Maria Gonzalez at September 16, 2015 08:37 PM

Brad McAvoy
Dr. Hobbs
ENG II Academic Writing CA-09
9/16/2015

"Red Death" from Edgar Allen Poe the "The Masque of the Red Death" is a plague. This plague is fatal and contagious. There is dizziness, sharp pains throughout the body, and profuse bleeding at the pores. The stain from the blood is found all over the skin. " Blood was
its Avatar and its seal—the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then
profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet
stains upon the body and especially upon the face of the victim, were the pest ban which shut him out from the aid." (Poe 3) I believe why Edgar calls it the red death because the blood excretes from the skin pores and stains the skin so people look red.

Posted by: Brad McAvoy at September 16, 2015 09:56 PM

Shyiem-Akiem Brown
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA09
18 September 2015

Question: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” what did Prince Prospero provide within the walls of the abbey? Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.

Answer: Prince Prospero provided comfort, pleasure and security for his friends inside the walls of his abbey. “There were buffoons, there were improvisatori, there were ballet-dancers, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine” (Poe 3).

Posted by: Shyiem-Akiem Brown at September 16, 2015 11:39 PM

Conner Knaresboro
Dr. Hobbs
Eng 122 Academic Writing II
17 September 2015

Question: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” what did the guests do once the prince fell in death? Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.

Answer: Once the prince goes into the black room with the red window he dies because of the red death. So when the guests go into the black room to attack the man that gave it to the prince then end up all getting the red death and dying as well. "And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall” (Poe).

Posted by: Conner Knaresboro at September 17, 2015 04:57 PM

Hana Lee
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA09
17 September 2015

“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. The abbey was amply provisioned. With such precautions the courtiers might bid defiance to contagion.” (Poe 3)

Question: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” when the courtiers arrived, why did they bring furnaces and hammers?

Answer: The courtiers brought furnaces and hammers because they resolved to “leave means neither of ingress nor egress to the sudden impulses of despair or of frenzy from within. “ (Poe 3)

Posted by: Hana Lee at September 17, 2015 11:03 PM

Sidnee Yaeger
Dr.Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA09
17 September 2015

Question: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” what happened when Prince Prospero reached the black, western-most room? Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer

Answer: Poe states that Prospero was rushing to catch the intruder down the halls of The chambers; no one form the party was stopping him because they were to afraid of what would happen. When the price gets passed the sixth chamber, he starts to head towards the black one. His intruder then “turned suddenly and confronted his pursuer” (Poe 9). The intruder killed the Prince, leaving him in the black room to die (Poe 10).

Posted by: Sidnee Yaeger at September 17, 2015 11:11 PM

Zekeriya Kayaselcuk
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA 09
September 18, 2015


Question: In Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "The Masque of the Red Death," what did the guests do once the prince fell in death?

Answer: Once the prince fell in death the guests had gained the courage to enter the black apartment. They had seemed to have caught the intruder, but they were in shock to find there was nothing inside the costume. "Then, summoning the wild courage of despair, a throng of the revellers at once threw themselves into the black apartment, and, seizing the mummer, whose tall figure stood erect and motionless within the shadow of the ebony clock, gasped in unutterable horror at finding the grave cerements and corpse-like mask, which they handled with so violent a rudeness, untenanted by any tangible form." (Poe pg. 10). Towards the end of the story, the guests did not bother to stop the intruder when the prince had ordered to seize the intruder. The prince was meant to die; the guests attempted to attack the Red Death after Prince Prospero has been killed. The author used the actions of the guests to show that the Prince would not escape death, and the disease could not be stopped. "And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall." (Poe pg. 10).

Posted by: Zekeriya Kayaselcuk at September 18, 2015 12:33 AM

Brittany Cordero
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA09
18 September 2015

Question: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” how long does it take for the “Red Death” to take someone’s life?

Answer: In "Masque of the Red Death," the "Red Death" terrorizes people and eventually murders them. When killing someone, "the whole
seizure, progress, and termination of the disease, were the incidents of half an hour." (Poe 3). This process is not short; it is torturous, and tremendous suffering is involved.

Posted by: Brittany Cordero at September 18, 2015 11:23 AM

Shania Bienaime
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA03
18 September 2015

“…and, seizing the mummer, whose tall figure stood erect and motionless within the shadow of the ebony clock, gasped in unutterable horror at finding the grave cerements and corpse-like mask, which they handled with so violent a rudeness, untenanted by any tangible form.” (Poe 10)

Question: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” what do readers finally now at the end of the story about the strange guest?

Answer: At the end of the story readers realize that the strange guest was the red death and the cause of death for many people. The readers also realize that it is an actual person and not just a sickness.

Posted by: Shania Bienaime at September 18, 2015 02:09 PM

Anayah McKenzie
Dr. Hobbs
English Academic Writing II CA03
September 17, 2015

Question: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” describe the “new guest.” How did Prince Prospero react upon seeing this strange new guest? Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.

Answer: The new guest was described as tall, lean and fully dressed of dead peoples clothes which had blood on it, along with a masked of a dead person’s face (Poe 8). The Prince Prospero was furious with the guest. He thought that the new guest was trying to impersonate the Red Death that was happening outside of his castle. Prince Prospero said, ““Who dares”—he demanded hoarsely of the courtiers who stood near him—“who dares insult us with this blasphemous mockery? Seize him and unmask him—that we may know whom we have to hang, at sunrise, from the battlements”” (Poe 8). That quotation shows his anger towards the guest.

Posted by: Anayah McKenzie at September 18, 2015 02:39 PM

Necdet Gurkan
Dr.Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA09
18 September 2015

Question: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” what did the prince decide to do after five or six months? Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.

Answer: “It was towards the close of the fifth or sixth month of his seclusion, and while the pestilence raged most furiously abroad, that the Prince Prospero entertained his thousand friends at a masked ball of the most unusual magnificence.” Around five or six months into his stay, Prospero agrees to have a remarkable masquerade ball (a ball where the guests where masks and costumes). The format is strange and rough, just like the Prince who designs it. The ball is taking the place in a suite of seven rooms, each one dressed up in a dissimilar paint: blue, purple, green, orange, white, violet, and black. The black room, which looks like death, is unpleasantly scary, it's got dark black walls, blood red windows, and big black clock which doorbells so creepily each hour that everybody at the party stops dancing and laughs anxiously too.

Posted by: Necdet Gurkan at September 18, 2015 02:51 PM

Jorge Braham
Dr. Hobbs
ENG-122 Academic Writing II CA09
17 September 2015

Question:
In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” what did Prince Prospero do when half of his kingdom had died? Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.

Answer:
Prince Prospero is the type of person who always wants to have fun and never wants to be sad so when he looses half of his kingdom he brings up some of his light hearted friends to rise from the occasion so that there is no way for him to be sad. "But the Prince Prospero was happy and dauntless and sagacious." (Poe 3) He built and abbey to make sure that he couldn’t focus on the external world. "In the meantime it was folly to grieve, or to think. The prince had provided all the appliances of pleasure." (Poe 3)

Posted by: Jorge Braham at September 18, 2015 03:04 PM

Jacie Dieffenwierth
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II
18 September 2015

Question #13

Question: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” even though the Prince ordered his guests to seize the stranger, they did not. Why might they have allowed him to pass freely?

Answer: As the masked figure made his way through the crowd “there were found none who put forth hand to seize him” (Poe 9). His grim appearance terrified the people, “none followed him on account of a deadly terror that had seized upon all” (Poe 9). They were so afraid because he embodied everything they were trying to forget. He wore a mask that resembled a stiffened corpse with blood sprinkled on his brow (Poe 8). It was probably the guilty conscience of the party goers that really stopped them in their tracks. For months they were able to hide away from the nightmare that was going on outside their sanctuary (Poe 4). The intruder was a grim and painful reminder of everyone they left and abandoned.

Posted by: Jacie Dieffenwierth at September 18, 2015 03:09 PM

Lawrence Watt
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA09
18 September 2015

Question: "In Edgar Allen Poe's short story "The Masque of the Red Death," what is the red death? And why might it be given it this name?

Answer: "In Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” the Red Death is the disease that ravages the kingdom. It kills anyone that comes in contact with it and no one is immune. Although only the poor people die from it because the rich upper class have quarantined themselves within the princes castle secluding themselves from the terrible disease. It might've been given this name because of the fact that when one dies their blood is spilled everywhere. Also the red blood is a symbol of death and the disease is death itself so the name works out perfectly. “ But in the western or black chamber the effect of the fire-light that streamed upon the dark hangings through the blood-tinted panes, was ghastly in the extreme, and produced so wild a look upon the countenances of those who entered, that there were few of the company bold enough to set foot within its precincts at all” (Poe 5). What Poe is saying here is that because of the eeriness of the room people do not want to enter. When they see the blood stained windows it reminds them of death. That is why they probably named the disease the Red Death. Not to mention that it caused an extreme loss of blood as well.

Posted by: Lawrence Watt at September 18, 2015 03:16 PM

Jennifer Belcastro
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122-Academic Writing II CA06
03 February 2016

Question: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” There were seven rooms that were decorated for the masquerade. Briefly describe each of them.

Answer: The rooms for the masquerade were only of one color per room. The rooms were blue, purple, green, orange, white, violet, and black. Each room, the furniture was also the same color to correspond with them. Also, every room had the windows made of the same color except the room that was black its window was scarlet. The narrator states that each room had one light source from outside the chambers, “opposite to each window, a heavy tripod, bearing a brazier of fire, that projected its rays through the tinted glass and so glaringly illumined the room” (Poe 5). Prince Prospero did not want to have lights in the rooms and liked how the flames illuminated the rooms. The narrator states that the prince “had a fine eye for colors and effects” but he “disregarded the decora of mere fashion” (6). Many people believed he was crazy for how he decorated, but he did not mind.

Posted by: Jennifer Belcastro at February 1, 2016 04:50 PM

Nastassja Sielchan
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA06
1 February 2016

Question: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” what happened when the clock struck each hour?

Answer: At every hour, “the musicians of the orchestra were constrained to pause, momentarily, in their performance, to hearken to the sound; and thus the waltzers performance ceased their evolutions; and there was a brief disconcert of the whole gay company” (Poe 5). When the hour strikes, patrons freeze for a moment, and there is an eerie laughter followed by chimes.

Posted by: Nastassja Sielchan at February 1, 2016 06:52 PM

Randawnique Coakley
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 121 Academic Writing II CA 06
2 February 2016

Question: 3. In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” what did Prince Prospero do when half of his kingdom had died? Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.

Answer: In the “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe, The Red Death was a horrible menace that swept a county leaving the country with many lost lives. When half the population in the country dead. However, when the half of the population had died due to this fatal disease, Prince Prospero, “summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court, and with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of hiscastellated abbeys (Poe 3) .” He invited his people over to his castle, to prevent some people from contracting the disease or even prevent the disease from running more rampant and killing more people. The prince seemed rather determined and wise to protect his fellow people, despite half of his kingdom being sentenced to death by this plague, known as Red Death.

Posted by: Randawnique Coakley at February 1, 2016 10:12 PM

Vincia Mitchell
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing 11 CA06
1 February 2016

Question: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” how long does it take for the “Red Death” to take someone’s life? Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.

Answer: In the short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” it appears as if the “Red Death” takes a minute or two before consuming someone’s life. After the “Red Death” had appeared at the party, he did not approach his victims instantly. Instead, the “Red Death” makes his to the blackroom, and when he detects that Prince Prospero is chasing after him, he turned to face the Prince, and the Prince falls to the ground and die instantly (Poe 9). Shortly afterward, the guests at the party start falling to the ground one by one, as the “Red Death” reaches out and take their lives (10).


Posted by: Vincia Mitchell at February 1, 2016 11:04 PM

Phillip Moss
English 122 Academic Writing II CAO6
Dr. Hobbs
2 February 2016

Question: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” how does this reflect a type of caste system in the kingdom? Explain.

Answer: The caste system in the kingdom plays a huge role in the masque of the red death. In the story, Prospero identifies the dilemma with the red death among his people and rather than addressing this problem he decides to close the gates to his castle. “When his dominions were half depopulated, he summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court, and with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his castellated abbeys”(Poe 3). Because of Prospero’s social status, he can completely avoid this plague that is destroying the people in his kingdom.

Posted by: Phillip Moss at February 2, 2016 11:31 AM

Heather Hauck
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA06
2 February 2016

Question #1: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” (a) what is the “Red Death”? and (b) why might it have been given this name? Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.

Answer: The “Red Death” is the ending of one’s life and in Poe’s mind, a symbolic figment of his imagination, hence the title of his story, “The Masque of the Red Death” (Poe 1). Poe describes the physical suffering and effects of the horrific epidemic disease that killed most of the populace. His imagery depicted the emergence of the illness in the face or head region as he stated, “There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body and especially upon the face of the victim” (Poe 1). This infectious disease quickly spread and masqueraded every person’s face. Contrary, “Red Death” is apparent as the bloody-faced remains the crowd saw, as they neared death, “gasped in unutterable horror at finding the grave cerements and corpse-like mask” (Poe 10). This quote signifies “The Masque of the Red Death.”

Posted by: Heather Hauck at February 2, 2016 02:13 PM

Hannah Rowe
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CAO6
2 February 2016

“The Masque of the Red Death”

Q: In Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death” (a) how were the seven chambers lit? And (b) How does this affect the atmosphere and ambiance of the party?

A: The seven chambers are lit with fire. And, because of the way the firelight bounces through the blood-tinted windows, the light casts ghastly shadows that prevent people from wanting to enter (Poe 5). These shadows give the atmosphere a scary and somber feel, and this comes to fruition when the Red Death enters the party.

Posted by: Hannah Rowe at February 2, 2016 09:28 PM

Clark de Bullet
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II
2 February 2016

The Masque of the Red Death

Question #4: In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” when the courtiers arrived, why did they bring furnaces and hammers?

Answer: The courtiers brought furnaces and hammers so no one could get out or in. Those tools were used to seal up the haven. The text states that “they resolved to leave means neither of ingress nor egress” which means one can neither leave nor enter (Poe 3). The sanctuary of Prince Prospero was also a tomb. No one could escape death (10).

Posted by: Clark de Bullet at February 3, 2016 12:24 AM

Omar Martinez
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA06
2 February 2016

Question: What kind of conflict is present in In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death”?

Answer: Prince Prospero goes after the figure, and it’s the red death. The red death turns around, and Prospero falls and dies. “And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come as a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall (Poe 10).” Everyone was looking at the red death, and each was dying.

Posted by: Omar Martinez at February 3, 2016 12:42 PM

Chloe Lelliott
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing 2 CA06
3 February 2016

Question 12) In Edgar Allen Poe's short story "the masque of the red death" describe the "new guest". How did prince Prospero react upon seeing this strange new guest?

Answer 12) In "The masque of the red death" the "new guest" comes to the masquerade ball dressed as a corpse who died of the red death. When Prince Prospero becomes aware of this, he is furious that someone would have the nerve to dress like this at his party. He is so furious that he chases him with a dagger and tries to murder him, however this backfires on prince Prospero.

Posted by: Chloe Lelliott at February 3, 2016 12:51 PM

Matt Scharr
Dr. Hobbs
English 122 CA 06 Academic Writing II
3 February 2016
Question: How was the seventh chamber different from the rest?
Answer: In the story we discover that there are 7 different chambers in the abbey where the story takes place. Each of the rooms have their own respective colors however there is something a little different about the last and farthest one. This room is painted with black and red colors for example Poe says, “… and there flows a ruddier light through the blood-colored panes”. (Poe pg. 7) The other six rooms had a more pleasant vibe about them however this room had a very dark and gloomy presence to it.

Posted by: Matt Scharr at February 3, 2016 02:12 PM

Justin Robinson
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA06
3 February 2016

Question: 5.) In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” what did Prince Prospero provide within the walls of the abbey? Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.

Answer: 5.) In the story ‘the masque red death’ Prince Presperso provided his people that lived in the abbey with things to ease the tension. In the story it says, “There were buffoons, there were improvisatori, there were ballet-dancers, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine.” (Poe, 3). All these things plus security were provided in the walls to keep them safe from the ‘red Death’ and help keep calm so they could settle.

Posted by: Justin Robinson at February 3, 2016 02:28 PM

Travis Farmer


Dr. Hobbs


ENG 122-Academic Writing II CA06


3 February 2016



Question: 6. In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” what did the prince decide to do after five or six months? Answer in your own words, but use quoted and cited passages from the text to support your answer.


Answer: He decided to throw a large party with one-thousand of his friends who are just as wealthy. "It was towards the close of the fifth or sixth month of his seclusion, and while the pestilence raged most furiously abroad, that the Prince Prospero entertained his thousand friends at a masked ball of the most unusual magnificence." [Poe 4]

Posted by: Travis Farmer at February 3, 2016 02:31 PM

Phil Moss, Omar Martinez
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA06
3 February 2016

Question: What is the plot?

Answer: There is a plague coming over to one of the kingdoms, and Prospero decided to throw a ball/party to take his mind off the “red death.” “The prince had provided all the appliances of pleasure. There were buffoons, there were improvisatori, there were ballet-dancers, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine. All these and security were within. Without was the “Red Death (Poe 3).”

Question: What is the climax?

Answer: Prince Prospero charged after the masked man, and it turns around and kills him. “There was a sharp cry—and the dagger dropped gleaming upon the sable carpet, upon which, instantly afterward, fell prostrate in death the Prince Prospero (Poe 9).” The red death also killed everyone else in the castle. “And one by one dropped the revelers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall (Poe 10).”

Posted by: Omar Martinez at February 3, 2016 11:11 PM

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