The Delusional Prince - Bailey Joplin Professor Smith...

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Bailey Joplin Joplin 1 Professor Smith English 1302 C7 March 3, 2008 The Delusional Prince in “The Masque of the Red Death” In “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe a plague known as the “Red Death” has devastated the country. Poe makes it clear early in the story that Prince Prospero is happy and sagacious, despite the fact that a plague has overtaken his country and killed a great number of people. The prince fearful of the plague secludes himself and his friends in one of his castellated abbeys too live care free of the plague and its victims. The story is told through the narrator with the exception of the prince’s lines towards the end when he meets his demise. Poe brilliantly disguises the fact that the prince suffers from a delusional disorder. The plague itself may in fact be an external reality however the prince secludes himself into a fairytale like world to escape the reality of the devastating plague. His fear of death is so great that he turns away from the external reality and lives in his own delusional world of great pleasure. A non-bizarre delusion is just one type of delusional disorder. “It is a one that could occur in a real life situation, such as a plague but it is false in the external reality.”(Jasper 546)
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