The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

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How does Prince Prospero react to the midnight guest in "The Masque of the Red Death"?

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Prince Prospero has done everything in his power to bar death from his castle, so when he sees a man seemingly dressed up in imitation of a corpse that has died from the Red Death, he is shocked and horrified at the sight:

his broad brow, with all the features of the face, was besprinkled with the scarlet horror [of the Red Death].

The prince first shudders with fear and disgust, then becomes very angry. He wants his many guests to rally and unmask the intruder, but the terrified guests let the man walk unstopped between them. This leaves the prince to deal with the problem on his own. He moves from fright and rage to rage alone. We learn that

Prince Prospero, maddening with rage and the shame of his own momentary cowardice, rushed hurriedly through the six chambers . . .

The prince chases the seemingly masked intruder with his upraised dagger to the final, black velvet chamber. But instead of killing the intruder, the prince himself drops dead. The intruder is Death itself, come to get the partiers, all of whom follow the prince into the black room and die. The prince's rage at the presence of Death cannot stop it any more than could the high walls and barred doors of his castle.

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Prince Prospero is outraged by the appearance of the midnight guest in the story. He is hosting a ball full of characters in splendid costumes, but the garb of the midnight guest is too much for him. The man is wearing a dark black cloak, with blood daubed around the mask and face—which is appalling and not at all appropriate for a high society ball.

So, Prince Prospero decides to apprehend the guest after his arrival. He demands that some of the guests pursue and capture him, but they refuse. So Prospero ends up grabbing a knife and pursuing the masked figure himself. He chases him throughout the building and attempts to capture him. When he...

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well prince prospero react to the midnight guest in not such a good way he becomes worried and as his worrieness progresses he becomes madder at the guy for wearing red after he forbidded anyone from wearing red by the fact of the red death that had spread throught the country.

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