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The Masque of the Red Death
In the midst of their revelry, a mysterious figure disguised as a Red Death victim enters and makes his way through ...more
I’ve always sensed a strong connection to Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death, perhaps because I've both played and listen to loads of medieval music, perhaps because I enjoy the art and history and philosophy of that period, or, perhaps because I’ve always been drawn to literature dealing with issues of life and death. Whatever the reason, I love this tale. Here are my reflections on several themes:
The tale’s Red Death sounds like the Black Death of 1349 where a family member could be ...more
I don't know how I overlooked "The Masque of the Red Death" when I was going through my Poe phase a while back, but someone's review reminded me of it (Thanks, random Goodreads friend!). So I found a copy of it online here and gave it another read to refresh my memory.
This story is both less and more than I recalled. It's long on setting and mood and short on plot. The plot could probably be described in about two sentences. Let's give it a try:
A deadly plague is ravaging the land, and the...more
Vonnegut: Damn! Hooked it.
Lovecraft: You’ve been pulling it left all day, you raised your head on the swing.
Bradbury: I saw you move your front foot.
Poe: You need to keep your arm straighter.
Vonnegut: OK! Damn it. Ed, what in the hell made you write the Red Death story?
Bradbury: Masque of the Red Death, one of my favorites, ...more
And now was acknowledged the presence of Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in his despairing posture of his fall....more
Poe's incredible talent in setting mood through the most miniscule of details is powerful as he establishes dread, irony, and a hefty infusion of Gothic feel by detailing the colors of a series of rooms and what they represent to the audience and characters. The symbolism of the clock is musical and alluring; the ominous clang and the dancers reactions, with its ...more
A lot of time was spent, it seemed, on describing the various rooms, which each had a color and theme. The revelers were all too happy to join him in celebration until things start to ...more
It has been many years since I first read this story but it never ceases to chill. We cannot run away or hide from death. It comes for us all.
Maybe my favorite Poe. He has this style, that makes you feel this rush and think, dang, that's cool! I remember feeling more of that in the first read. This time, I don't know if perspectives changed or if I understood the objectivity of the piece better, but I felt a visceral terror flowing through my body from my gut that ended in an explosion of thrill and high, and bodily reactions of goosebumps and chill-bumps in the end. This Red Death guy - not someone I'd like to meet ...more
Basically, what my dislike of this comes down to is the length. It's only four pages, which (for me at least) simply is not enough time to become invested in a story and care about its ending. ...more
I don't think anyone will have gotten the full Poe Experience without reading Masque at some point.
Lavish in detail and honestly, more powerful than a lot of full-length novels I've read. I wish there were a way to describe it without feeling like I'm squashing the whole point of reading it.
Now to this story, I felt myself one of the revellers being swept from room to room, reminding me of the frenzy of the dance in Vincent's Minnelli's 1949 Madame Bovary with Jennifer Jones. Poe describes the castellated Abbey and masquerade that has one feeling the clock striking and stoppage of the music real. The Prince tries to escape Red Death as Giovanni Boccaccio tries to ...more
Such an upsetting one again after 'The Fall of the House of Usher'. Failed series so far.
No Horror at all.
Not much to review, quiet a fall in grades of list.
Heya guys! Remember me? No? No worries!
Allow me to re-introduce myself. I am Anish Kohli and I am the guy who apparently just does not do well with classics and yet he wants to read so many classics! Why? Why God, WHY????
*sobs in a corner for having been so cursed*
Well let’s ruin another famous author, shall we? Edgar Allen Poe, please don’t come back to haunt me for what I am about to say. Pretty please.
Well I just absolutely do not get the kind of writing where the ...more
We were to read it and then analyze it deeply by themselves, and then present our musings to the class. If I just read it for pleasure I'm sure many of things would have just gone over my head. But with actually sitting down and thinking about all of the symbolism, brought out so much color to this short story.
My favorite Poetry will forever be The Pit and the Pendulum, ...more
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