Imagery in “The Cask of Amontillado”
Edgar Allan Poe is best known for ominous short stories. In “The Cask of Amontillado” , Poe uses imagery to enhance the mood, setting and characters of the story.
Poe uses imagery to create a horrific and dark mood. For example, Poe writes, “ We had passed through walls of piled bones with casks and puncheons intermingling into the inmost recesses of the catacombs”. By using words such as “bones” and “catacombs” Poe incites thoughts of horror and death. These thoughts create a mood of horror for the reader. Poe also uses imagery to create a dark mood. He writes, “I must not only punish, but punish with impunity” . Furthermore, Poe writes, “ THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge” . By promising revenge, it shows darkness inside of Montresor.
Poe also uses characterization to create an ominous mood. When Fortunado decides to mask his fear by saying “Ha ha ha-he he he-a very good joke indeed-an excellent jest. We will have many a rich laugh at the palazzo, the lady Fortunado and the rest? Let us be gone” . By saying this, he shows that he feels the need to impress and hide his fear. When Montresor tells Fortunado to, “...let me implore you to return. No? Then I must positively leave you. But I must first render you all the little attentions in my power”. This statement makes Montresor seem like a very revengeful character.
Poe also uses imagery to enhance the setting. When he describes the time, in which the story taks place, he says, “It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season.” . When he uses the words “supreme madness”, the highest level of craziness comes to mind. This creates a mood of craziness that is in the background of the story.
Poe utilizes imagery to descrive the important characters in the story. For example, when he introduces Fortunado, he says, “He accosted me with excessive warmth, for...
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