In "The Masque of the Red Death," what message does Poe convey about attempting to avoid conflict?

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As the plot of this story unfolds, Prince Prospero brings himself and a thousand of his courtiers into a seemingly secure castle that is lavishly decorated. They close themselves off from the rest of their society, which is suffering from the ravages of the Red Death. Instead of trying to solve the problem of the plague, they pretend it doesn't exist. They pretend it can't touch them. Instead of facing the facts, they dance and party and try to enjoy life in a world of luxury.

In this story, Poe shows that trying to wall oneself off from a serious problem literally plaguing the rest of society is...

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