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What gothic elements are present in "The Cask of Amontillado?"

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tink | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 30, 2007 at 8:30 AM via web

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What gothic elements are present in "The Cask of Amontillado?"

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a-b | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 30, 2007 at 9:12 AM (Answer #1)

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  • macabre and dark story
  • aristocrat in old house as main character
  • scenes underground and in dark places
  • set in an old, crumbling, antiquated place
  • old crime buried from sight
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revolution | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 16, 2009 at 10:35 PM (Answer #2)

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  1. has an atmosphere of suspense and mystery in the environment
  2. it has an ancient prophecy beneath it
  3. it has disturbing omens and visions in his dreams that frightens him
  4. there is some supernatural, out of the world and inexplicable experiences that he had encountered in his life
  5. He has high level of emotions  and suffering from strong feelings of apparent doom and trouble that may hit him anytime
  6. there is always a women in distress, threatened  by a tyrannical king
  7. there is always gloom and doom and a bit of horror element inside
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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 29, 2012 at 7:44 PM (Answer #4)

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"The Cask of Amontillado" is a classic Gothic horror tale. Poe uses many tropes of Gothic stories, including dark imagery, underground chambers, and violent revenge. The most important element in the story utilizes Poe's longtime fear of being buried alive; although this itself is not directly indicated in the Gothic tradition, it plays well into other elements, including the underground chambers. As Montresor takes his revenge, the wine-cellar becomes almost a medieval torture chamber instead of a repository for wealthy wine collectors; the torches on the walls sputter instead of shining brightly, and the walls are not clean and dry but covered by nitre, which adds to the claustrophobic mood.


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