The Masque of the Red Death Questions and Answers
by Edgar Allan Poe

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Using the details in paragraph seven of "The Masque of the Red Death," what kind of masked ball is this? What mood does this evoke in the reader based on how people are dressed?

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In order to be able to properly answer this question, it's important to have an understanding of the overall context of the short story "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allen Poe. As Poe explains in the beginning, a horrifying plague called the Red Death is ravaging the countryside. The plague causes extreme pain, dizziness, blood leaking profusely from pores, and then death.

Prince Prospero cares nothing for his subjects. In fact, Poe describes him as happy. He calls together 1,000 of his friends and locks them away with him in a secluded castle. In this (supposedly) protected haven, he plans to enjoy music, wine, and parties until the plague has passed and it is once again safe to go out. As for his people,...

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