Insanity In Poe's The Masque Of The Red Death

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Kimberlie Le – 25419538 German R5B Paper 2.1 Edgar Allen Poe sets his tale “The Masque of the Red Death” in a Middle Ages that is romantic and decadent, but that expresses the expectation of the millennium where everyone is destined for death. A key aspect in the expectation of the millennium is the concept of the end of the world - which can be viewed synonymously as the end of all life. The plot, which revolves around an elaborated and segregated group of elite persons, seems to make a statement that no person can escape the wrath of death. In my paper, I will argue that the progression and emphasis of time, frames the insanity, which eventually leads to the widespread death. In this way, the Middle Ages comes to represent to Poe a period of time in which all people cannot escape untimely death. Throughout the tale, elements of time and the progression thereof foreshadows…show more content…
Along with this glamorous framework, the underlying classification would be the expectation of the Millennium in which the end of the world inevitably happens. The elements of time passing and insanity can be seen throughout and plays a role in foreshadowing the widespread death of all living and non-living mobile things. “The Masque of the Red Death” fits into a pattern that we’ve seen in “The Black Spider” of the Middle Ages being a time where there was death among large group of selected people. These two tales were written in the same year and shows us that this was one of the common views of the Middle Ages at that time. Oftentimes, we think only of this time period as being only one or the other – either widespread struggles or of great extravagance. The tales challenge our expectation of the Middle Ages because they depict a time in which lightness and life exists but as well as darkness and
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