In The Masque of the Red Death, what are some of the characteristics that make Prince Prospero an anti-hero?

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Prince Prospero is a good example of the anti-hero because he is so careless with his life and the lives of his guests. He believes that the Red Death will not reach him because he is rich and sealed away in his castle. He does not stop to think that no one escapes the clutches of death. He doesn't even notice with the Red Death arrives as a guest at his party. His cavalier attitude about it ends up being what kills him and every single merry guest at his party. The typical hero would have found a way to save the day, but Prince Prospero is the exact opposite.

Note: an anti-hero is a protagonist who lacks the traditional heroic qualities and instead possesses qualities that are antithetical in nature to heroism.

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