Edgar Allen Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death”


Format for Essay 2: Edgar Allen Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death”


Section 1: Introduction

Edgar Allen Poe delivers his theme that no one escapes death

in his short story “Masque of the Red Death” through symbolism, setting, and narration.

Develop the introduction by adding a brief summary of the story.

Section 2: Symbolism

Discuss the use of symbols in story development and theme delivery.

For instance, discuss the clock, the color of the rooms, the masque ball, etc.

Section 3: Setting

Discuss the use of setting in story development and theme delivery

Explain that the setting of the story is during the Dark Ages when the bubonic plague ravaged Europe. Explain and define the bubonic plague.

Section 4: Narration

The story is told in first person by Death who comes to the ball dressed as a bubonic plague victim.

Why is the story told by death? What is the significance of death telling the story?

Section 5: Conclusion

Restate the main ideas of the essay.

Use only 2 or 3 short quotations. Quotations cannot be more than two lines long. Use ellipsis marks for long quotations (…).

You must Include in-text citations. Use MLA format.

You must include the novel/film/story as a reference.

Every reference must have an in-text citation in the paper to show where you

used the reference.