Cask Of Amontillado Mood Analysis

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Edgar Allan Poe used similar settings in his work to establish mood. There are similarities in the setting of “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Raven,” and “The Tell Tale Heart.” In all three of the selections, Poe created a creepy mood. In the short story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” the setting was at night in the catacombs of Montresor’s home. Two lines of text that give the details of the setting and create the creepy mood are “We came at length to the foot of the descent, and stood together upon the damp ground of the catacombs of the Montresors” and “Its walls had been lined with human remains, piled to the vault overhead, in the fashion of the great catacombs of Paris.” Poe sets up a creepy place for the two men to be since they are surrounded by a bunch of bones in a damp, dark passageway under the man’s house. Another poem Poe used to create a similar mood through the setting was in “The Raven.” The scene is first set with the opening phrase “Once upon a midnight…show more content…
An example of this is in the quote, “His room was as black as pitch with the thick darkness and so I knew he could not see the opening of the door.” This means his room was so dark that the old man couldn’t see the young man about to kill him. Another example found in the text is, “And now at the dead hour of the night, amid the dreadful silence of that old house so strange a noise as this excited me to uncontrollable terror.” This means that it is incredibly late, and the old man is so scared that his heartbeat fills the dark room. This creepy setting helps to add to Poe’s creepy setting in “The Tell Tale Heart.” In conclusion, Poe was a popular American writer who wrote poems and stories that were based on similar settings which left his readers feeling unsettled when they finished reading. Readers can discover this mood by reading “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Raven,” or “The Tell Tale
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