Madmen at Their Finest

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Roughly 56,600,000 people die every year, making it no surprise that authors everywhere create stories based around the sport of killing. In the horrific and sadistic stories of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” and Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game,” the authors use literary elements to illistrate nefarious murderers . No matter the motives of these murders, demented people always commit them. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” the guile Montresor seeks vengeance on Fortunato, an imprudent man who has an addiction to alcohol by using Fortunato’s desire of Amontillado against him to lure him to his death. In Connell’s amazing short prose “The Most Dangerous Game,” Rainsford, a skillful hunter, falls off a yacht into the Amazon. There he meets the hunting fanatic General Zaroff, who eventually implies that the only creatures that give him a thrill to hunt are humans. Rainsford thought he was being treated well and that him and Zaroff were to hunt other humans together; however, he soon finds out that he is the one who will be hunted. Authors Poe and Connell use tone, metaphores and suspense to illuminate a foreboding atmosphere in their tales “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Most Dangerous Game” ultimately creeping readers out without necessarily scaring them.

Edgar Allan Poe's somber prose "The Cask of Amontillado" uses the element tone right off the bat making readers know that they are reading something dark while also adding to his already direful main character Montresor. Poe's tone, somber sad and dark yet beautifully mysterious, is demonstrated when Montresor describes the mounds of bones and endless amounts of human remains elegantly, and makes it sound beautiful. When Montresor is narrorating their journy of them "passing through a range of low arches, descended, passed on, and descending again, arrived at a deep crypt, in which the foulness of the air caused our flambeaux rather to glow than flame" he makes it sound magestic; the...
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