Reviews of Masque of the Red Death, the (1842)
Review by cthulhu99 (2007-03-14)
This is another Poe classic. I love that it teaches a lesson about selfishness. There are undertones that all or most of the seven sins are being exhibited by a prominent member in society. At the same time, he is ignoring the suffering that is taking place in his land. He shuns the sick and dying and closes his doors to those who he can rescue from that fate. He throws a maquerade ball with other high society types like himself and they all begin to realize that not all is well as it seems to be.