Edgar Allan Poe Suspense

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Essay Edgar Allan Poe How does Poe make his stories entertaining? Make close reference to two of his stories to explain your ideas. Edgar Allan Poe makes his stories entertaining in many different ways. He tends to use the same techniques to attract the audience’s interest, such as creating characters, who share similar ways of thinking. They’re all devious, perfectionist, dramatic characters, who have the irrepressible need to kill someone, due to reasons which are either clarified or simply not mentioned in the text. Step by step, the character’s mind is gradually unfolded to us as the story develops. Poe achieves a gripping effect as he creates stories where we, as the audience, feel involved, almost as if we were living it. He…show more content…
Throughout the story, Poe carefully chooses his words to portray the narrator and create a sense of suspense that makes you feel as if you were observing the whole event, slowly, frame by frame. Poe states "For a whole hour I did not move a muscle, and in the meantime I did not hear him lie down". In this example his words are described in such vivid detail that you picture this scene perfectly, even though, we have to gather the details one by one, slowly. By this feeling of proximity to the story, Poe manages to catch the reader’s interest as he keeps us reading it, wanting to know what will happen next. Another example is when Poe uses phrases such as, "It was open-wide, wide open and I grew furious as I gazed upon it". He uses the first person point of view to create a tension between what is recounted and what is not recounted, so that the reader is caught in suspense, having to work out what he can. The use of repetition in first person point of view helps to enhance an uncertain sense; it creates the suspense of not knowing what will happen next, it limits the whole use of the language and the details like a ‘block’ which won’t let you go through, who’d stop you before you realize and discover what will happen…show more content…
He presents himself with only limited information about his motivations, and his ambition to finish off his master piece and careful manipulation of Fortunato indicates the care with which he has planned his execution. However, we again have a classic case of Poe's unreliable narrator, whose guilt and occasional irrationality prevents him from presenting himself truthfully to the reader. However, we can see that Montresor shows a particularly black sense of humor, with which he amuses both himself and the horrified reader as he leads Fortunato into his trap. He informs the audience of his intentions before he begins the story of his encounter with Fortunato, and Poe employs both verbal and dramatic irony to convey the darkness of the story. A very good example of black humor can be found at the very beginning of the story itself: Montresor’s had "vowed revenge" against Fortunato, but he decided to mask his real feelings by outwardly appearing friendly towards him. "I continued as was my wont, to smile in his face." This grim irony of situation results in harsh 'black humor' with Montresor remarking sarcastically, this helps us have a more clear understanding of the story as well of making it more interesting, as, even though we have been told from the beginning that he’s going to kill Fortunato, there is a constant feeling of mystery and doubt that

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