Why is madness/insanity the theme of "The Masque of the Red Death"?
Prince Prospero and his guests certainly give the impression that they're incredibly eccentric, if not completely insane. After all, their response to a deadly plague raging throughout the land is to lock themselves inside a giant castellated abbey and have themselves a ball while thousands of people outside suffer a painful, lingering death.
The suggestion here is that once people start isolating themselves from society, they're forced back on their own limited resources. All too...
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