The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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How does Poe create mood in "The Cask of Amontillado?"

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Poe uses foreshadowing, which is hinting at what is to come later in the story to create a mood of foreboding and unease in this tale. It opens with Montresor ruminating on the many injuries he has suffered at the hands of Fortunato. In this beginning, Montresor also outlines his theories about revenge. This, from the start, raises in the reader's mind the idea that something terrible will happen.

A chief way any writer creates mood is through imagery, description that uses the five senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. Poe was a master of using imagery--often quite imaginatively--to raise a sense of horror. In this story, he uses sight, sound, and touch to create an increasingly terrifying mood.

Memorable visual images include the dark catacombs lit only by the flame of Montresor's torch, the black silk mask Montresor covers his face with, and the piles of human bones the two men pass. Memorable sound images include the tinkle of Fortunato's jester cap bells as he is led...

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