Masque of the Red Death
Prince Prospero is main character of this story and owner of the castellated abbey the story takes place in. "...happy and dauntless and sagacious." in this sentence we can infer that the prince is an intelligent being seeing that he needs to keep the remaining people that are alive safe from the Red Death.
The Red Death is a symbol of death. " Blood was its avatar and its seal...". The Red Death is an embodiment of the horrible plague the black death. During the story the prince hides his remaining towns people in his abby to keep them safe from the Red Death