Foreshadowing In The Cask Of Amontillado

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Did you know the Catacombs in Paris holds the remains of up to 6 million people today? Edgar Allan Poe writes a moody story, “The Cask of Amontillado”, which is a short story about a man named Montresor who seeks revenge on a man named Fortunato who wrongs him over 1000 times over. Montresor seeks out his revenge using a special wine called Amontillado to lower Fortunato’s awareness of what is truly beginning to unravel right in front of him. In doing so, Montresor does the horrible deed of murdering Fortunato in his catacombs to leave him to rot there forever. Through his use of carefully constructed irony, imagery, and foreshadowing, Poe creates a mood that is both chilling and horrifying in “The Cask of Amontillado.” First, Poe uses a list …show more content…

Poe’s use of imagery in the short story is powerful and shows itself in multiple parts of the story. When Poe writes they “arrived at a deep crypt” (Poe) and “the foulness of the air caused out flambeaux rather to glow than flame” (Poe), the reader can write out an image to imagine what the scenery of the story is looking like at the moment. The feel, touch, smell, etc. is what Poe did really well when creating these images. Poe’s distinct explanations of imagery really put images into the readers head. As Montresor and Fortunato enter “the foot of the descent and stood together on the damp ground of the catacombs of the Montresors” (Poe), Poe explains the scene of where Montresor and Fortunato are at the moment, and paints the picture perfectly for the reader. Poe’s skilled use of imagery is a reason for his popularity when he was gone, and these quotes explain the pictures Poe can put into readers …show more content…

The pieces of evidence written above helps tie together the many moods that Poe can put into his writing. Moods changes in “The Cask of Amontillado” are a reason for its popularity and fame. The short story has been a convincing piece of Poe’s and will continue for a much longer

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