Tuberculosis In Poe's The Masque Of The Red Death

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is described by having sharp pains, sudden dizziness, and then bleeding at the pores. After reading the tale, it becomes clear that the use of the Red Death in the story was intended as a way to embody the horrible disease and how it had taken control of Poe’s life in many ways. During Poe’s life, the grip that tuberculosis had on society was extremely strong. During this time, tuberculosis had no known treatment until 1854, and by then many people had already died of the disease, including the women in Poe’s life. After that, further advances in technology were still needed in order to retrieve a cure. In “The Masque of the Red Death,” the mysterious hooded character could be seen a representation of the reign that tuberculosis had over the loved ones in Poe’s life. After killing three people in his life, the…show more content…
Just as the strange hooded character corresponds to tuberculosis, the character of Prince Prospero fits the requirements to be paralleled to Poe himself. Poe has been described by people as strange, odd, and bizarre, most likely because of the dark, gloomy, and strange aura of his works and because of the way his characters suffer in such an odd and outlandish manner. Poe describes his character of Prince Prospero by saying he had “eccentric yet august taste,” and by saying he has “love of the bizarre.” Poe felt no restraint basing the main characters of his stories off himself and making it so clear. Later in the story, Poe further emphasizes the idiosyncrasies of Prince Prospero by saying, “his plans were bold and fiery, and his conceptions glowed with barbaric lustre.” One could look at Prince Prospero’s decorations as being expressions of his love for art, just as Poe’s writing is his expression for his love for art. Furthermore, when describing the decorations at the party, which include
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