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The Masque of the Red Death

The Masque of the Red Death

by Edgar Allan Poe

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Shakespeare, The Tempest: Prince Prospero shares the name of the famous main character of The Tempest. And there may be a lot more to this connection than a name.
  • Victor Hugo, Hernani (7)
  • The Bible: "out-Heroded Herod" references a Biblical king named Herod (9)
  • The Bible: "come like a thief in the night" (14) is an allusion to 1 Thessalonians 5:2

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