The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

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Who are the main characters in "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe?

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There are really only two main characters in Edgar Allan Poe’s short story The Masque of the Red Death. The first is Prince Prospero, the story’s protagonist, if that word can apply to a character completely lacking a moral compass. Poe’s story takes place during one of the smallpox epidemics that ravaged Europe due the Middle Ages, and the autocratic prince disappears with 1,000 of his friends and assorted sycophants into the security of his castle. As Poe’s unseen narrator observes in describing the merriment within the castle walls, its occupants oblivious to the suffering and death that is occurring outside those walls, “All of these and security were within. Without was the ‘Red Death’.” 

Poe’s narrator wastes no time introducing the reader to the bleak environment in which this land’s population resides, describing the “pestilence” in the bleakest of terms. The plagues that devastated Europe condemned millions to the most horrific of deaths. Within...

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