Character Analysis in The Masque of the Red Death
Prospero: The only named character in “The Masque of the Red Death,” Prospero provides the lodgings and entertainment for the 1,000 courtiers who attempt to escape the plague. He shares his name with a character from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Both characters are arrogant and attempt to bend the world around them to their will, whether with magic in The Tempest or wealth in “The Masque of the Red Death.” Prince Prospero leads the group of nobles and designs of the “reverie” they live in. However, regardless of how strong his will is, Prospero is eventually forced to submit to death.
Character Analysis Examples in The Masque of the Red Death:
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"“Who dares?” he demanded hoarsely of the courtiers who stood near him—“who dares insult us with this blasphemous mockery? Seize him and unmask him—that we may know whom we have to hang at sunrise, from the battlements!”..." See in text (The Masque of the Red Death)
"His followers felt that he was not. It was necessary to hear and see and touch him to be sure that he was not...." See in text (The Masque of the Red Death)
"There were buffoons, there were improvisatori, there were ballet-dancers, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine...." See in text (The Masque of the Red Death)
"happy and dauntless and sagacious...." See in text (The Masque of the Red Death)