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What does the masked guest symbolize in "The Masque of the Red Death"?

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tuslawmustang8 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 11, 2009 at 3:21 AM via web

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What does the masked guest symbolize in "The Masque of the Red Death"?

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted February 11, 2009 at 5:03 AM (Answer #1)

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Many would say that the masked guest who looks like death represents death itself. For example, the guests are afraid of the masked figure and they are also afraid of dying.  No one has the "guts" to unmask the man.  Also, no one can escape death; the guests attempted to "hole up" on Prince Prospero's mansion; however, they could not be protected from death because death finds all no matter race, ethnicity, age, religion, etc.:

The last line of the story indicates that the Red Death has triumphed over life: "And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.’’ (eNotes)

 

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christina0949 | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 29, 2009 at 3:38 AM (Answer #2)

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from the title, what can you infer about the masked firgure?

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christina0949 | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 29, 2009 at 3:40 AM (Answer #3)

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what is the ''red death''?

 

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