I believe the 7 stages of man and the masque of the red death are similar because they both are talking about a male and both pieces are written by men. The short story written by Edgar Allan Poe explains the situation of life and death. A disease known as Red Death that causes victims to die quickly and gruesomely. Even though this disease is spreading quickly, the prince, Prospero, feels happy and hopeful. So he locks himself away from the people and watches them all die. After several months, he throws a fancy masquerade ball. For this celebration, he decorates the rooms of his house in single colors. The easternmost room is decorated in blue, with blue stained-glass windows. The next room is purple with the same stained-glass window pattern. The rooms continue westward, according to this design, in the following color arrangement: green, orange, white, and violet. The seventh room is black, with red windows. Also in this room stands an ebony clock. When the clock rings each hour, its sound is so loud and distracting that everyone stops talking and the orchestra stops playing. When the clock is not sounding, though, the rooms are so beautiful and strange that they seem to be filled with dreams, swirling among the revelers. At midnight an unexpected guess shows up and he appears to be suffering from Red Death. Prospero follow the unexpected guess into the black and red room and as soon as he confronts the figure he dies. I believe this story is related to the seven stages of men because no matter how beautiful the castle, how luxuriant the clothing, or how rich the food, no mortal, not even a prince, can escape death.