Connotative Diction In Edgar Allen Poe's Short Story

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Additionally, Poe applies connotative diction to his short story to make it more effective. Undoubtedly, Poe includes connotative words that suggest danger in his story. For instance, he states, “‘True—true,” I replied; “and, indeed, I had no intention of alarming you unnecessarily; but you should use all proper caution”’(Poe, 61). Poe’s use of the words “alarming” and “caution” show connotative diction and cause the mood to feel a bit dangerous and threatening. The author also adds eerie and dark words to add to the connotative diction of the story. As told by Poe on page 62, “We passed through a range of low arches, descended, passed on, and descending again, arrived at a deep crypt.” The words “crypt,” “deep,” and the descending features
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