The mood of "The Cask of Amontillado" can be described as eerie, foreboding, suspenseful, and ominous. In order to create this unsettling atmosphere, Poe utilizes several literary techniques, which include setting, dramatic irony, foreshadowing, and imagery. At the beginning of the story, Poe introduces the reader to the vengeful narrator, Montresor, who elaborates on his desire to get revenge on Fortunato for causing him a "thousand injuries."
As Montresor's plot unfolds and he interacts with the unsuspecting Fortunato, dramatic irony creates an agitated, foreboding mood. The reader knows that Montresor is manipulating his enemy but is unsure how he plans on getting revenge. The more Fortunato trusts Montresor and follows his lead into the catacombs, the more anxiety and suspense the reader experiences. By purposefully leaving the details out of Montresor's revenge plot, Poe creates an uneasy, disturbing mood.
Poe also uses setting to create various moods. The carnival setting produces a...
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