Allusion in The Masque of the Red Death
The Red Death: Though the story can be read as a straightforward tale of a gruesome plague, it is most often read as an allegory for the inevitability of death. By this reading, the Red Death and the masked figure both represent death itself. However, the Red Death has other possible interpretations. The biblical allusions in the story associate the masked figure and the Red Death with the apocalypse, a reading that is supported by the devastation wrought by the disease and the “illimitable dominion” it holds. Alternatively, the description of the Red Death as a “pestilence” opens up a reading where it is a figurative plague of moral decay, particularly amongst the nobility.
Allusion Examples in The Masque of the Red Death:
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"And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night...." See in text (The Masque of the Red Death)
"there stalked, in fact, a multitude of dreams...." See in text (The Masque of the Red Death)