ENG 1020: Expository Writing II
February 4, 2013
The Unknown Underground Mysteries
The “City of Ember” is a must read book and after reading the first book of the series you will want to finish the series. It is about an underground village that lives there for many centuries and finally their supplies run out. The villagers don’t know what to do until a younger girl finds directions to get the people out of there. No one will believe her, however, she and another young boy follow the directions and find themselves above ground, not knowing anything about this place. Then they find a hole that leads down the “City of Ember where the villagers are and they tie a rock to the directions and drop in the hole so the villagers can find. The story ends and everyone made it up above ground for the first time in their lives. The “City of Ember” and The Cask of Amontillado are two completely different stories that share similar lessons. While The “City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau and The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe have different motivations for the underground setting, they both have similar lessons such as underground is a setting for disaster, every person has the ability to be a hero or a villain, and no one can predict what the future might hold.
Edgar Allen Poe wrote The Cask of Amontillado with the majority of the short story taking place in an underground graveyard, which is kind of the same setting as Embers. In today society, not much happens beneath the surface of the Earth, however, both authors were somehow encourage to have the story take place below the surface of the Earth. The authors, also, used being underground as a disadvantage to the characters in the story and this causes the climax of the story and where the problems are introduced. To society, underneath the Earth surface is a setting for a disaster, ever since we were kids, our parents would tell us that down is where hell is and that is why we get the picture...
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