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What is the mood of "The Cask of Amontillado"? Please be able to identify...
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The mood is psychologically disturbing. First of all, the narrator is obviously stressed and obsessive: "A thousand injuries I had suffered" he exclaims in the opening sentences. Then, Montesor gives his psychotic justification for his actions, that must be redressed.
The actions of Montesor are swift, but with his obsessive hatred he always explains to the reader how well he has prepared his plan. Then, when Fortunato makes the sign of a Mason, Montesor returns with a bizarre movement and laughs, enjoying his sick pun on bricklayer/mason. Later, as he quickly moves his unsuspecting victim into a dark, narrow area, Montesor tethers his victim.
Finally, the obsessive Montesor continues his sinister plan and walls in the pleading Fortunato. Remorseless, he twists the man's plea into his own victory shout, adding to the horror.
Posted by mwestwood on November 5, 2008 at 7:30 AM (Answer #1)
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