Hiding From Problems In Edgar Allan Poe's The Masque Of The Red Death

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Hiding from Problems
Many people try and hide from their problems because they are scared about what would happen if they confront it. That is probably how Prince Prospero felt, scared and confused, which is why he held the masquerade. People try to do certain things to take their mind off the event they want to forget. They do something that they are good at or something that they like to do. The Prince is probably good at spending money because he would have to had to spend a lot of it considering all the things he put up. He tried to put up protections, so he could try to lock out the problem. He also tried to add a lot of decorations and colors to try to forget his problem. He probably created the black/red room because his sub-conscience knew his problem was going to come back. In the “Masque of the Red Death,” the Red Death entering the castle symbolizes that the Prince cannot hide from his problems.

The Prince tries to put up a wall and adds extra precautions to the palace to forget about the Red Death. He doesn’t realize that the Red Death can get in no matter how much protection he puts up. One of the things that the Prince does is he puts up a giant wall to try and keep the Red Death. Poe describes the wall to be, “A lofty strong wall girdled it in. This wall had gates of iron… [Courtiers] welded the bolts” (Poe 261). He acts like the sickness is a person and he can keep it out with regular protection, when it is not. A sickness, especially as bad as this one, can get into a building through other entry ways, like through the air or through water. If the sickness were to get in through the air entry ways, then it would spread quite fast throughout the building and to the people. Since the sickness spreads so fast and can get in through the air, it can get into the palace and kill everyone within a small amount of time. In the beginning of the story, the narrator says, “Blood was its Avatar and its seal—the redness and the horror of blood“(Poe 261). Poe is saying that the blood could represent a liquid, and since blood is a liquid, it can get in anywhere. A liquid can get in through many things like a wall or through the air and waterways. A human cannot get in through walls that have been reinforced or through many air and water ways. The Prince tried to put up as much protection as he could and then felt the need to do more to put the thought of people dying out if his mind.

The Prince tried to decorate the palace profoundly to forget about the Red Death. He added a lot of color and decorations to his palace. The palace looked beautiful and over done, but the Prince believed it would help him keep the Red Death out. Of the Prince, Poe writes, “His plans were bold and fiery, his conceptions glowed with barbaric lustre” (Poe 263). He wanted to get rid of his memories so bad, that he added a lot of colors and designs. When people witness a terrifying event, it tends to stay with them throughout their lives. To the Prince,...

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