Poe and the Horror Story
Both the Masque of the Red Death and the Cask of Amontillado are two of the greatest works written by Edgar Allan Poe. And as in most of the his stories, there is a sense of the horror, in any which way you could perceive, as well as how Poe imagined them. Death, Famine, Disease, War, Revenge, Fear, these are some of the many horrors Poe incorporates in his works. So in trying to analyze these 2 short stories, we must look for the details that give these short novels the name “Horror Stories”
In The Cask of Amontillado, Poe writes of 2 men, Montresor and Fortunato. Poe begins the story explaining how Fortunato had disgraced the sir Montresor so heavily, that it has ce to Montresor to bring justice with his hands. In Montresor’s case, revenge is his justice. This motive already sets off the mood of the story, making it dark and brooding, as to what the fate of Fortunato soon becomes discovered. The setting is in a carnival, that in which the revelers are clothed in fancy costumes, and masks that hide their faces. Already we are seeing the setting of a dreaded night, being dark and most of all the people in attendance are drunk or well on their way to becoming so. Montresor takes advantage of the fact that Fortunato is under the influence, and thus begins his plan to lure him into the recesses of his family mausoleum and bring him to his death. As Montresor leads Fortunato through the crypt, he lures him with the fantasy of a rare wine, and soon enough, Fortunato is all sealed up in the crypt as Montresor finishes putting up the wall and walks away.
By the same token, in The Masque of the Red Death, Poe starts off the audience into w world already marked by death, where a plague that began as nothing ended up destroying millions of lives, and by happenance, the end of the rule for Prince Prospero, our main character. As the plague takes over the rest of Prince...
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