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name the type and describe the major conflict of this story.man vs.

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troublez | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 5, 2007 at 1:49 PM via web

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name the type and describe the major conflict of this story.

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sagetrieb | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 5, 2007 at 7:04 PM (Answer #1)

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Both the internal and external conflicts of story pit the individual against death. This is an internal conflict because the story depicts the protagonist, Prospero, as fearing death.  People naturally have a desire to live, so that they often must struggle with the inevitable fact that they must die. However, this fear of death also becomes an external conflict for Prospero because Poe personifies death, making it a Masked Figure that leads Prospero into the innermost chamber, faces him, so that he dies.  Note that Red Death is capitalized throughout the story, which indicates that it has the attributes of a person with intentions and motivations.  Enotes has an excellent discussion on this story as an allegory whereby each objects and characters symbolize ideas in such a way that the entire story can be read literally or figuratively, the latter reading providing the more significant meaning.


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