"The Masque of the Red Dead"

1. Describe the prince's fortification.

A: The castle-like structure, which is sealed shut so that no one can enter or exit, is designed to be the permanent residence for its inhabitants for a period of months. Designed by Prince Prospero, the castle reflects the Prince's "love of the bizarre." More interestingly, each "apartment" is themed in a different color. However, unlike the other vibrant rooms, the seventh and final room is "shrouded in black tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls" and has windows that are blood-red in color. Moreover, this room contains a gigantic ebony clock whose sound causes the castle's inhabitants to stop and shudder each time it chimes.

2. What does his desire to escape tell you about Prince Prospero?

A: Prince Prospero's desire to escape reveals that he doesn't care about the suffering of his people and rather wants to remain happy and carefree. His desire also reveals that Prince Prospero wishes to escape death.

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  1. I assume you mean the "Masque of the Red Death."

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