Poe creates a sense of fear in "The Cask of Amontillado" through the use of dramatic irony and imagery. These literary devices build foreboding and a gradually rising horror in his readers.
Montresor opens the story with comments about the perfect revenge and makes it clear he has planned revenge against the unsuspecting Fortunato. This is an example of dramatic irony, which is when the audience knows what the characters in a work of literature don't. The reader therefore experiences dread and fear as Fortunato, not for a moment thinking Montresor harbors malice toward him, follows him drunkenly into a dark, isolated catacomb.
At this point, imagery builds our fear. Imagery is description using the five senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell....
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