The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe

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Poe’s Writing Style Edgar Allan Poe wanted to be known as a poet, so he created a unique writing style for his poems and short stories. Poe’s style is characterized by his use of sound imagery, irony, and repeated elements, which he used to create an emotional effect for his readers. Edgar Allan Poe’s style is shown in his use of sound imagery. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Poe uses the sound of jingling bells to symbolize the horror of premeditated death. In the short story Poe writes, “ I thrust a torch through the remaining aperture and let it fall within. There came forth in return only a jingling of the bells. My heart grew sick; it was the dampness of the catacombs that made it so.” These are some of the last words in the story, but they have great meaning. They describe how Montresor felt after leaving his friend to die, and the jingling bells of Fortunato’s hat gives the reader a sense of horror because that is the last sound that will ever come from Fortunato. The once happy bells of a jester’s hat became a haunting reminder of death.…show more content…
His use of dramatic irony is that the readers know that Montresor vowed revenge on Fortunato. Since the readers know something will happen to Fortunato a tone of suspense is created, and although the reader knows what will happen there is a desire to know exactly what will happen. The suspense and the desire to know what will happen creates the emotional effect of horror, because the readers feel anxious and is constantly trying to anticipate what will happen next. It is like waiting for Christmas morning yet knowing nothing good will
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