The Cask Of Amontillado Suspense Essay

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Anger leads to revenge, but sometimes revenge can lead to death. The reason for this anger is because Fortunato insulted Montresor, so he decided to kill him for revenge. Several events unfolds his plan like venom that slowly leads to death. In the short story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” by Edgar Allan Poe, he builds suspense which slowly develops the theme of revenge and reveals the mood of creepiness.
Suspense starts when the protagonist, Montresor, starts leading Fortunato through the catacombs. As they walk, he gives a impressionistic description of the catacombs. According to the text, “I passed down a long and winding staircase, requesting him to be cautious as he followed. We came at length to the foot of the descent, and stood together on the damp ground of the catacombs of the Montresors”(pg.3). This shows a moment of eerie suspense slowly
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Because Fortunato is so drunk and gullible, he doesn’t notice as Montresor deliberately chains him against the wall. It states, “In its surface were two iron staples...from one of those depended a short chain from the other a padlock. Throwing the links about his waist, it was but the work of a few seconds to secure it. He was too much astounded to resist”(pg.6). This shows how chaining Fortunato up contributes with the suspense and creepy mood of the story. Moreover, Fortunato becomes conscious again and starts to scream, but Montresor joins in with Fortunato’s screams. It also states, “A succession of loud and shrill screams, bursting suddenly from the throat of the chained form, seemed to thrust me violently back...I replied to the yells...I reechoed---I aided---I surpassed them in volume and in strength”(pg.6). This is important because it shows how it affects the mood. Lastly, Montresor’s procedure also helps with the mood and suspense, but it slowly develops the theme,
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