Foster Ch. 23-4

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Edgar Allan Poe, who in real life saw plenty of tuberculosis, gives us a mystery disease in "Masque of the Red Death" (Foster 224).

While reading Ch 24 of Foster this story was all I could think of and then viola there it was!  Foster explains how in literature illness can be a representation of a number of things.  In Poe's short story, the myterious, unexplained disease ravages all in its path.  It could be a reprsentation of the greed that clouds Prospero's and his subjects' minds abandoning their fellow man, leaving them at the mercy of the illness.  The Red Death slowly eats away at them just as their greed slowly ate away at their decency. 



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