What are some of Prince Prospero's character traits ? "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe
Throughout Poe's short story "The Masque of the Red Death," Prince Prospero is portrayed as a wealthy, arrogant, selfish man who believes he can overcome and outlast the deadly plague by locking himself inside of his well-provisioned, magnificent abbey. Prince Prospero is initially described as "happy and dauntless and sagacious" as he invites various aristocrats to hold out with him inside his abbey while the plague passes through the countryside. Prospero's determined and fearless personality is depicted by his defiance towards the Red Death. He refuses to become a victim and goes to great lengths to protect himself. While thousands of his subjects suffer from the Red Death, Prospero selfishly enjoys delicacies as he and his aristocratic guests entertain themselves during the plague. Prospero is also described as having "eccentric yet august taste," which is illustrated by his cleverly designed rooms that represent various stages of one's life. When Prince Prospero first encounters the Red Death during his ball, he becomes infuriated and calls for the intruder to be arrested. Poe adds another description of the prince by referring to him as a "bold and robust man." Unfortunately for Prince Prospero, he cannot escape death and falls victim to the Red Death after it pursues him through the various rooms in his abbey. Prospero's belief that he could outwit and outlast death reveals his naive, overconfident disposition.
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