The Cask Of Amontillado Mood Essay

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The Cask of Amontillado has an eerie and dark mood, throughout the entire story. The author uses this mood to provide mysterious imagery and to help the reader visualize an accurate setting. “Indeed it is very damp” (Poe 63). Here Poe presents the setting and sets the mood, by describing the feeling and smell of the crypts. If you have ever been in a cave, you can remember the feeling of enclosure and panic as you feel like the walls are closing in around you. This is exactly what Poe wants you to think. By making the reader remember the feeling they had and not just a visual memory he can get you to actually place yourself in the shoes or Montresor while he is in the catacombs. It’s important to have powerful quotes such as this one in a story so the reader has a good idea of how the characters feel, it’s one of the ways authors…show more content…
“Its walls had been lined with human remains, piled to the vault overhead, in the fashion of the great catacombs of Paris” (Poe 62). Revenge is displayed in this quote through foreshadowing, because as Montresor and Fortunato are walking through the crypts the human remains are there. The reader knows that eventually Fortunato will die and be buried alive and the corpses help foreshadow that. Another illustration of foreshadowing in this short story is through Montresor's and Fortunato’s brief conversation. “I shall not die of a cough.” he said. “True - true” I replied (Poe 61, 62). Foreshadowing is extremely relevant in these quotes, because as Fortunato is describing his small cold, he explains how he will be okay and how the cough will not kill him. However, as the reader and Montresor already know that he will actually be killed by murder, Montresor responds true. A sarcastic response that only the reader can fully understand. Here the reader can see how powerful a motivator revenge is because even though Poe foreshadows the end of the story very cleverly and

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