Cask Of Amotillado

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How the setting enhances the horror in the story The title of the work is “The Cask of Amontillado”. The author of the work is Edgar Allan Poe. The source of the work is “The Bedford Introduction to Literature”. And the author of the source is Michael Myer. The story is within pages seven thirty-seven to seven forty-two. The story is about a man Montresor, who has a personal grudge against Fortunato for something that no one figures out in the story. Montresor seeks revenge upon Fortunato, he explains to the reader how he must complete his revenge in order to be successful. Montresor meets with Fortunato at carnival and uses wine as a way of getting them alone. Montresor does ends up trapping and killing Fortunato, but it is left to the reader to figure out rather if his revenge was successful or unsuccessful. In this short story Poe uses the setting to increase the impact of horror for the reader. Poe provides horror through setting in many ways of the story. One of the examples that comes later in the story would be when Montresor and Fortunato are walking through the vaults. In this part of the story Poe uses dark words to explain the vaults of Montresor. Such as a winding staircase and descent, when you picture a winding staircase that is descending you think of reaching a very low dark place of any older mansion. “I passed down a long and winding staircase, requesting him to be cautious as he followed.” (739) Back in this time when the bigger houses of wealthier men were very morbid in style of build. The reader automatically thinks of a underground, dark, and cold place making the story seem more horrid. When they get to the bottom of the staircase the reader realizes that they are standing in a network of catacombs. And the smell of “nitre” is brought to the readers attention by Fortunato. We came at length to the foot of the
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