From information in the story what is the character study of Prince Prospero, Is he mad?I need evidence of the answer.

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There is evidence that Prince Prospero is mad, and that he imagines the whole escape to the country with friends and the entire masked ball with the seven rooms.

He possibly is suffering from the red death himself and is delirious.

"It was toward the close of the fifth or sixth month of his seclusion, and while the pestilence raged most furiously abroad,that the Prince Prospero entertained his thousand friends at a masked ball of the most unusual magnificence."(Poe)

If the whole country is suffering from a devastating pestilence, where did Prospero get the fancy food, the decorations and the unusual magnificence for the ball?  It would appear that it is a creation of his mind, decked out to his highest fantasy fueled by his feverish delirium from the disease that is taking his life.

Also, he passes through the rooms, and personally confronts the masked, uninvited guest, the Red Death.

"It was then, however, that the Prince Prospero, maddening with rage and the shame of his own momentary cowardice, rushed hurriedly through the six chambers, while none followed him on account of a deadly terror that had seized upon all." (Poe)

The fact that everyone dies at the ball, and that no one escapes the red death suggests that the Prince has dreamed his own death in an elaborate fantasy.

"And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all." (Poe)

The red death held dominion of all, even the Prince.