What mood does Poe evoke in "The Masque Of The Red Death"?
Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death" is characterized by a tone of foreboding. Though the story takes place at a party, and the crowd is mostly festive, there is an ominous undertone that is sometimes even felt by the characters in the story. Of course, by the end of the story, all of the revelers will be dead from the plague.
The story begins with a description of the "red death" and the physical horrors it wreaks on the human body. For example, "Blood was its Avatar and its seal—the redness and horror of blood." After feeling pain and dizziness, the infected person would then experience...
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"the figure was tall and gaunt, and shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave. The mask was made to resemble the countenance of a stiffened corpse. And yet all this might have been endured by the mad reveler. But the mummer has gone so far as to assume the type of the red death. His virtue was dabbed in blood-and his broad brow was be sprinkled with the scarlet horror. When the eyes of prince prospero fell upon the spectral image, his brow reddened with rage." Explain how this scene conveys the mood of the story? Use text evidence to support your answer .