Friday, December 24, 2010
Review: The Masque of the Red Death
Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe:
THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
by Edgar Allan Poe
Doubleday (1966), Hardcover, 832 pages
The Masque of the Red Death is a short story written in 1842.
Prince Prospero attempts to avoid a plague known as the Red Death. The Prince is hiding inside his castle together with other friends.
They have a masquerade ball when a mysterious figure meets Prince Prospero. After that meeting the Prince dies.
This story reminds another setting: The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, where some people fled from the Black Death in a villa outside Florence.
According to some critics, this book does not suggests an allegorical reading. In my opinion it’s because The Masque of the Red Death suggests so many allegorical readings, that an unique interpretation is impossible The most important thing: many words put together by Edgar Allan Poe to create suspense.