This study guide will help you analyze the text “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, theme and message.
Presentation of the text
Title: “The Masque of the Red Death”
Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Published in: “Graham's Magazine”
Date of Publication: 1842
Genre: Short Story
Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) was an American author of short stories and poems. He is considered one of the founders of mystery/detective fiction. Most of his works fall within the genre of Gothic Romantic fiction, which is characterized by the use of macabre, somber elements in terms of plot, setting and even characters.
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