masque of the red death

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A Story By: Edgar Allen Poe 1809 - 1849 Presentation By: Romil Patel Published: May 1842 Masque of the Red Death Monday December 13th 2010

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A very pestilence disease Causes death in less than ½ an hour Symptoms are: Dizziness, profuse bleeding from pores, The concept of Red Death is from the “Black Death” plague that hugely affected people in Europe and the Middle East (UAE). What is the Red Death?

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Takes place : Masquerade Ball Prince Prospero’s Kingdom Each of the 7 rooms (in the palace)have different colours : Blue, Purple, Green, Orange, Violet, and White ( 7th room is black and covered with blood) Setting

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Characters : 

Characters Main Characters: Prince Prospero: a selfish and wealthy ruler Phantom of the Red Death: a phantom who gives death to people affected by his disease Other Character(s) : Uninvited Masquerade: face appeared to be similar to human’s flesh Knights & Ladies : Members of Court who were invited (1000 In all) Musicians & Entertainers : Invited to entertain people present at ball

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Characterization Physical Appearance Bold Robust Strong Proud of power Overconfident Direct Characterization Artistic Taste Loves Bizarre People Wealthy Believes will not die Seems to be mad Prince Prospero Prospero is dynamic learn about him as the story progresses

Theme : 

Theme No man or woman can escape death Prince Prospero meets with his death Members of a community–especially the leaders–have a duty to help those in need Prospero didn’t perform his duty as a result had to die The theme’s are connected

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Red death (a disease) is depopulating Italy a lot Symptoms of this disease are profuse bleeding from pores followed by dizziness. Seizure even occurs If the prince suspects that a person has a disease he kills them with a weapon Exposition

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Conflict human vs. nature because: humans are fighting against what nature provides(Red Death) Humans are struggling against the red death Protagonist Prince Prospero Antagonist The Red Death Protagonist vs. Antagonist CONFLICT

Plot – Rising Action : 

Plot – Rising Action Prince Prospero organizes a ball for the residents of his Kingdom (in Italy) The Red Death entered the palace as he was angry he wasn’t invited Rooms were decorated in varieties of colours and hues Every time an hour passed everybody would stand still

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An intruder had entered the ball Prince Prospero ordered that intruder be hung at sunrise by the battlefields Intruder flees away & Prince Prospero chased him with a dagger in his hand Sound of Prospero’s dagger falling was heard followed by a series of screams!!! WHO SHALL BE VICTORIOUS???? CLIMAX!!!!

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To find out what happens next: Read the story  This story has a mysterious ending!!! The conflict resolved and who won you ask?? Well read and you’ll find out Falling Action & Resolution(Denouement)

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Point of View 3rd Person (Omniscient) 1st person point of view During story Poe assumes role of Prospero Eg. Poe says “But first let me tell of the rooms in which it was held.”pg.3   Then he says “And the revel went whirlingly on, until at length there commenced the sounding of midnight upon the clock. And then the music ceased, as I have told; and the evolutions of the waltzers were quieted.”pg. 5 Poe changes from past to present(inconsistent)

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Situational Irony Prince Prospero locked the castle Red Death entered Was killing people No chance to escape because castle was locked Result Prince Prospero Died

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Imagery(use of figurative/descriptive language to create vivid mental pictures) "There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body and especially upon the face of the victim, were the pest ban which shut him out from the sympathy of his fellow men." pg.3 Meaning : Poe gives vivid description on the red death and what it does to others Figurative Language

Figurative Language Continued... : 

Figurative Language Continued... Personification( giving human attributes to a non-living thing/object) “With such precautions the courtiers might bid defiance to contagion. The external world could take care of itself.” pg.3 Meaning: shows how the wealthy have no feelings toward the poor and suffering

Recommendation : 

Recommendation I would not recommend this story to you because it is : Hard to understand (has high level vocabulary) Not interesting if you don’t like horror stories Also other short stories by Edgar Allen Poe (author) if you liked The Masque of the Red Death: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, and The Cask of Amontillado

Some Interesting Words! : 

Some Interesting Words! These are some words that I found interesting as I read this story Profuse: A lot of something Contagion: ways diseases are transmitted Voluptuous: a very happy time Pestilence: a very deadly disease Ebony: a very hard and durable wood, often black in color

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The End Thank you for listening to & watching my PPT very attentively Before I am finished I want to tell you that you can go to the following site to watch the original play of Masque of the Red Death Link:

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