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What is the overall mood , or atmosphere of this story? In your opinion , what...
Topic: The Cask of Amontillado
What is the overall mood , or atmosphere of this story? In your opinion , what contributes most to the mood- the setting, the rhythm and tone of the language, or descriptions of Montresor's thoughts ,feelings ,and actions? Provide details from the story to support your opinion.
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In Edgar Allan Poe's classic thrilling story "The Cask of Amontillado", Poe does a great job setting up a dark and suspenseful mood. When you are analyzing a story and looking at the mood, you must not get this confused with tone. The mood of a story is the feeling that the reader gets from reading the story. The tone is the feeling the author has toward the subject of his or her story. Poe brilliantly sets up the mood of this story by using multiple elements that all help to feed into the same feeling. Which one of these elements is most crucial to creating that mood can be debated. I personally feel that the setting is an incredible influence on the mood. He sets up the mood using the setting by having the characters walking through the dark catacombs which were "insufferably damp" and "encrusted with nitre". He points out the "white web-work which gleams from these cavern walls". The narrator describes how he "took from their sconces two flambeaux, and giving one to Fortunato, bowed him through several suites of rooms to the archway that led into the vaults." All of this sets up the suspense as they pass through the dark catacombs, descending into the unknown future, surrounded by death.
Posted by mattbuckley on November 3, 2013 at 12:48 AM (Answer #1)
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