The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

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In "The Masque of the Red Death," how did you react to the masked figure's first appearance? In "The Masque of the Red Death," how did you react to the masked figure's first appearance?

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Very little happens in the early pages of this story. Poe seems to be relying on his powers as a creative writer to hold the reader's attention with descriptions of exteriors and exteriors. In this respect it is a very strange piece of creative writing, even for Poe. It is a relief when the masked figure finally appears because the reader thinks, correctly, that something is finally going to happen. Otherwise, the story is not dramatic. The reader understands almost immediately that this masked figure has come uninvited and has somehow had the supernatural power to get inside the exterior walls and inside the building. The reader understands with the first appearance of Death that the party is over and a thousand people are going to die. The idea of a masquerade recalls Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," in which Montresor dressed all in black like the black figure in "The Masque of the Red Death ," encounters his victim Fortunato in the midst of a similar masked orgy and entices him to...

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