In what way is "The Masque of the Red Death" told?

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"The Masque of the Red Death" by Poe is an allegory.  It is a story of filled with a great deal of symbolic imagery and meanings.  It is written from the third person point of view. (According to Enotes, "some critics have said that it is really the Red Death telling the story, some say it is a dream by Prince Prospero"). The premise of the story is a horror tale about an arrogant man, Prince Prospero, who does not want to give into the the fear and terror that has a stranglehold on his community.  The plague of the Red Death has killed many people and everyone is afraid they will be next.  Prospero throws a huge party, but somehow the one guest he didn't invite shows up.