Monday, October 3, 2011

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

Now THIS is what I'm talking about. Poe bringing death into a masquerade filled with young, wealthy, happy people. I was quite pleased with Masque, and with the thrills that came with it. Edgar Allan Poe built up, built up, built up with descriptions of the red death overcoming the country, and the mansion used by Prince Prospero in efforts to hide from this tragic plague. Very nice mix of description and plot, as one of the guests in Prospero's 'I'm not dying tonight' party turns out to be Death incarnate, hiding behind his very own masque for the ball. That just goes to show that not even locked doors, wealth, or masks can protect against the cold fingers of death.

Just enough plot to run a chill down my spine, and get me excited for the rest of the month. Definitely a much different story from "Young Goodman Brown", and I'm looking forward to seeing what the rest of the stories will be like.

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