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What or who was "the red death?" I need to do a report and cant figure out what it is.
-- Anonymous, November 02, 2003
The red death comes from Poe's story "The Masque of the Red Death". the red death was a horrible and highly contagious disease where anyone who caught the disease would die in a half an hour. there was no cure what so ever. the symptons were blood coming out of the pores (bleeding all over the body) and sharp pains. i believe that fever may have been a sympton too, but i'm not a 100% sure. if you need more information on the story, just give me an email.
-- Anonymous, November 03, 2003
i'm sorry. indeed my assumption on fever being a sympton of the red death was not correct. it was dizziness. my apologies.
-- Anonymous, November 04, 2003
I always thought that the red death was some sort of plague or disease. I don't know excactly what is was, but it reminde me of some thing in a movie I saw. It had to do with blood coming out of your pores and cramps and pains all over. The victim would die almost instantly and no one escaped. It was also in Poe's book portrayed as a person who had no appearence outside of it's clothing. Perhaps it was some sort of ghost or something. It was deadly and things
-- Anonymous, April 15, 2004
I believe that, considering Poe's biography, the "red death" was supposed to reflect tuberculosis, which plagued Poe's loved ones.
-- Anonymous, October 19, 2004
Plague was called "Black Death". Poe just invented a fictious disease called "red death" for the sake of variety.
-- Anonymous, October 20, 2004
the name of the death was consumption and it filled your lungs up with blood basically drowning your shelf and you knew u had if you caought up blood into a hankerchif.
-- Anonymous, December 12, 2004