The Masque of the Red Death Questions and Answers
by Edgar Allan Poe

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Why might some people think that the prince is mad in "The Masque of the Red Death"?

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Prince Prospero is depicted as a bold, arrogant ruler who selfishly barricades himself and a thousand of his closest aristocratic friends inside his castellated abbey while the pestilence known as the Red Death wreaks havoc on the surrounding countryside. During the fifth or sixth month of their seclusion, Prince Prospero decides to hold an unusual masquerade in his seven-room imperial suite to entertain his guests. Poe proceeds to describe Prospero's affinity for the bizarre and grotesque as the prince specifically decorates each of the seven...

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