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I like how you connected “The Masque of the Red Death” with Wald’s piece by discussing the masked man as the virus brought to life that Wald refers to in her Introduction. In my post, I wrote about how the corpse-like man can be seen as an embodiment of people’s beliefs that victims of the disease are accomplices in the disease when they unintentionally spread the disease. I think the people at the abbey’s response toward the man confirms their distrust and hatred of those who are victims of the disease. It reminds me of our discussion of Coronavirus and AIDS in class and how people tend to lash out at victims of the two diseases, treating them like perpetrators of the disease. I think it is cruel for people to treat others because of this, especially when it is based on ungrounded stigmas.