How does Poe create atmosphere and tension in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

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The setting of the gloomy catacombs works effectively to create atmosphere in "The Cask of Amontillado ," especially in contrast to the high spirits of carnival time. Poe develops tension in many ways as the narrator Montresor draws Fortunato closer and closer to his inevitable doom. We know that Montresor is up to no good--that he is avenging a wrongdoing by luring Fortunato down to the catacombs: "THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best...

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