Poe's own life was filled with death at a very young age. His mother died when he was young and his father abandoned him so he was an orphan who was later adopted by the Allan couple. Then during his teenage years, his adoptive mother died from tuberculosis. At a young age, he had to deal with death and grief of those closest to him so it isn't any wonder that he was drawn to writing stories that end in death. The theme of The Masque of the Red Death is that no one can escape death no matter how hard one tried to shut it out- it will find everyone no matter who they are. This can certainly relate to Poe's own experiences with loss at such a young age.