• Question: Say in what way The Masque of the Red Death  is " gothic "  ?

    Firstly, this short story is " gothic " because the action takes place in an abbey. Furthermore, in the text is writes " Gothic window looked out upon a corridor... " .

    Then, this short story is " gothic " because there is the presence of an atmosphere of mystery and suspense. Indeed, with the eccentric castle of Prince Prospero and his seven exceptionnel rooms. To my mind, it plays a symbolic role but more particularly " the black chamber ". Unlike to others rooms where the color of the windows correspond to the decoration of the room, in it's completely different. In fact, the panes were scarlet (a deep blood color) and her tapestries was black velvet. 

    Moreover, The Masque of the Red Death is " gothic " because there is the presence of Supernatural but also inexplicable events. Suddenly, the apparition of THE "RED DEATH"- spectral image. As soon as this suspect "character" appeared he created the panic in the crowd. The whole assembly ignored Who was it and why he beared a fancy dress as strange...

    ( This one wear a strange costume :

    - a mask ( impression= countenance of a stiffened corpse )

    - he was shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave

    We can notice that his costume is in link with the first theme because this appearance was no orinary : so, mystery and suspense. )

    To conclude, Edgar Allan Poe has made this short story "Gothic" because it adopt a dark atmosphere, suspense in his writing but also worrying and frightening elements. Furthermore, there is a lot of description and rich and varied vocabulary.



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