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* TickTockTerror: The seventh room is pitch black and lit only with crimson lighting It is actively feared by the guests and features a looming and ominous black clock. Its bong is so peculiar and intimidating that each time it chimes, the orchestra stops playing and the revelers stop dancing. When the clock strikes midnight, the Red Death arrives. It even stops ticking when the very last person alive succumbs to the disease, as if it was inextricably linked to the tragedy.

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* TickTockTerror: The seventh room is pitch black and lit only with crimson lighting lighting. It is actively feared by the guests and features a looming and ominous black clock. Its clock; its bong is so peculiar and intimidating that each time it chimes, the orchestra stops playing and the revelers stop dancing. When the clock strikes midnight, the Red Death arrives. It even stops ticking when the very last person alive succumbs to the disease, as if it was inextricably linked to the tragedy.



* YourCostumeNeedsWork: The guests at the [[MasqueradeBall ball]] are all shocked by the tastelessness the figure displays by dressing as the incarnation of [[ThePlague the Red Death]]. Then someone rips the mask off and finds there's [[NoFaceUnderTheMask nothing underneath]]...

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* YourCostumeNeedsWork: The guests at the [[MasqueradeBall ball]] are all shocked by the tastelessness the figure displays by dressing as the incarnation of [[ThePlague the Red Death]]. Then someone rips the mask off and finds there's [[NoFaceUnderTheMask nothing underneath]]...underneath]]...

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* AssholeVictim: Prospero and his cronies certainly aren't good people; they hide themselves away so they won't have to deal with dying peasents. [[AdaptationalVillainy Some adaptions even present extended scenes of the revelers committing sinful acts or generally not being good people in order to demonize them.]]

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* AssholeVictim: Prospero and his cronies certainly aren't good people; they hide themselves away so they won't have to deal with dying peasents. [[AdaptationalVillainy Some adaptions even present extended scenes of the revelers committing sinful acts or generally not being good people in order to demonize them.]]


[[EverybodysDeadDave And then everyone dies.]]

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[[EverybodysDeadDave [[KillEmAll And then everyone dies.]]


* DyingForSymbolism: Prospero's and the reveler's deaths at the hands of the disease convey the message that everyone, even the rich and powerful, can't escape Death and must expire at some point.

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* DyingForSymbolism: Prospero's and the reveler's revelers' deaths at the hands of the disease convey the message that everyone, even the rich and powerful, can't escape Death and must expire at some point.


* WhileRomeBurns: Prospero and his buddies try to party and have a good time while the Red Death savages the rest of the country. [[SarcasmMode It goes swimmingly.]]

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* WhileRomeBurns: Prospero and his buddies try to party and have a good time while the Red Death savages the rest of the country. [[SarcasmMode It goes swimmingly.]]


''The Masque of the Red Death'' is one of {{Creator/Edgar Allan Poe}}'s most famous short stories, first published in ''Graham's Magazine'' in May 1842.

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''The "The Masque of the Red Death'' Death" is one of {{Creator/Edgar Allan Poe}}'s most famous short stories, first published in ''Graham's Magazine'' in May 1842.



On the surface it appears to be a relatively simple, straightforward story compared to the heavy likes of ''{{Literature/The Fall of the House of Usher}}'' and ''{{Literature/The Pit and the Pendulum}}''. However, close reading of the text reveals [[RuleOfSymbolism a story chock-full of symbolism and thoughts on the nature of death and life.]]

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On the surface it appears to be a relatively simple, straightforward story compared to the heavy likes of ''{{Literature/The Fall of the House of Usher}}'' and ''{{Literature/The "{{Literature/The Pit and the Pendulum}}''.Pendulum}}". However, close reading of the text reveals [[RuleOfSymbolism a story chock-full of symbolism and thoughts on the nature of death and life.]]

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* WhileRomeBurns: Prospero and his buddies try to party and have a good time while the Red Death savages the rest of the country. [[SarcasmMode It goes swimmingly.]]


* AssholeVictim: Prospero and his cronies certainly aren't good people; they hide themselves away so they won't have to deal with dying peasents. [[AdaptationalVillany Some adaptions even present extended scenes of the revelers committing sinful acts or generally not being good people in order to demonize them.]]

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* AssholeVictim: Prospero and his cronies certainly aren't good people; they hide themselves away so they won't have to deal with dying peasents. [[AdaptationalVillany [[AdaptationalVillainy Some adaptions even present extended scenes of the revelers committing sinful acts or generally not being good people in order to demonize them.]]


* AssholeVictim: Prospero and his cronies certainly aren't good people; they hide themselves away so they won't have to deal with dying peasents. [[AdaptionalVillany Some adaptions even present extended scenes of the revelers committing sinful acts or generally not being good people in order to demonize them.]]

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* AssholeVictim: Prospero and his cronies certainly aren't good people; they hide themselves away so they won't have to deal with dying peasents. [[AdaptionalVillany [[AdaptationalVillany Some adaptions even present extended scenes of the revelers committing sinful acts or generally not being good people in order to demonize them.]]


* AssholeVictim: Prospero and his cronies certainly aren't good people; they hide themselves away so they won't have to deal with dying peasents. When everyone succumbs to the disease, no one sheds a tear.

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* AssholeVictim: Prospero and his cronies certainly aren't good people; they hide themselves away so they won't have to deal with dying peasents. When everyone succumbs to [[AdaptionalVillany Some adaptions even present extended scenes of the disease, no one sheds a tear.revelers committing sinful acts or generally not being good people in order to demonize them.]]



* BloodFromEveryOrifice: The most notably symptom of the Red Death is profuse bleeding from the pores, especially the face.

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* BloodFromEveryOrifice: The most notably notable symptom of the Red Death is profuse bleeding from the pores, especially the face.

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* DyingForSymbolism: Prospero's and the reveler's deaths at the hands of the disease convey the message that everyone, even the rich and powerful, can't escape Death and must expire at some point.


* {{Allegory}}: Some scholars read the tale as one of these for the progression of life, with each sucessive colored room representing another stage (fittingly, Prospero dies in the final room, which is draped in black). On the other hand, Poe was noted for his disdain of reading too much into works, so some scholars advise against an allegorical reading, just taking it as a straightforward horror story.

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* {{Allegory}}: Some scholars read the tale as one of these for the progression of life, with each sucessive colored room representing another stage (fittingly, Prospero dies in the final room, which is draped in black). On the other hand, Poe was noted for his disdain of reading too much into works, overanalysis, so some scholars others advise against an allegorical reading, just taking it as a straightforward horror story.

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* HumanoidAbomination: The figure in the Red Cloak is revealed to be, in the final moments of the story, not any normal person but the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the Red Death itself, before it disperses and kills everyone present.


* ThePlaguemaster: PlayedWith. The figure in the Red Death costume appears to just be a form the disease took on to spread itself into the abbey; it dissolves once it's done its job.

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* ThePlaguemaster: {{Plaguemaster}}: PlayedWith. The figure in the Red Death costume appears to just be a form the disease took on to spread itself into the abbey; it dissolves once it's done its job.


* ThePlague: The Red Death, obviously.

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* ThePlague: ThePlaguemaster: PlayedWith. The figure in the Red Death, obviously.Death costume appears to just be a form the disease took on to spread itself into the abbey; it dissolves once it's done its job.

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