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In many ways, the characters in "The Masque of the Red Death" are more caricatures of people than real people. Prince Prospero is the prefect greedy, narcissistic ruler who is more concerned with his vanity than his people. He is described as "happy and dauntless and sagacious" and completely out of touch with reality. When his people are dying, he throws a big party! His guests are not described in detail, but they likewise are selfishly reckless. They are said to be out of touch, feeling that "the external world would take care of itself" and not caring what happens to anyone outside the walls. They don't even acknowledge Death's presence until after he takes the prince. Death is also somewhat stereotypical, coming "like a thief in the night" to take them, and described only vaguely and with a "corpse-like" mask.
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