“The Masque of the Red Death” Optional Grade Boosting Assignment


CHOOSE ONE option and create a well-developed response. The assignment will be graded out of 25 points. You may work with a partner if you wish.



  1. Write a one page, single spaced (min) alternative perspective of the story. You should use dialogue and elements from the story to make it believable. Write it from the POV of one of the following:
    1. Prince Prospero
    2. One of the Prince’s guests
    3. One of the peasants locked out of the castle
    4. The Red Death



  1. Make a poster that states a clear THEME. Then, discuss how Poe uses each of the following to develop that theme: setting, characterization, allusion, symbols, and mood or imagery. Be specific for each with examples.
  2. Make a poster that supports that Poe’s story is an allegory for the seven ages of man. Build a bridge between the story, the colors, the movement, and Shakespeare’s monologue from As you Like It.


All the World's a Stage

William Shakespeare from As You Like It

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.



  1. Make a poster that supports that Poe’s story illustrates the seven deadly sins (and if helpful anti 7 virtues). Find a way to connect the sins with specific examples from the text, the rooms and consider how character, symbol, imagery, etc. can be used.



  1. Choose a scene or theme to illustrate / paint / sketch / sculpt.  Cite the passage on the illustration [quote the passage and cite]. Then, in a well-developed paragraph, explain what you did.
  2. Music/ Poetry. Write a poem or song that is inspired by the story. Present it either through sound (recording) or word art. You may use elements of the Found Poem or generate your own words or both.