The Theme Of Unity Of Effect In Edgar Allen Poe's Short Stories

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Edgar Allen Poe’s main concern in short stories was “unity of effect”, which means that every element of a story should contribute to a single effect for the audience to feel. With each step of information, each part of the plot, being purposefully prepared and carried out, everything is relevant. Poe strives to achieve unity of effect in his short stories by making every line and comment bestow in a distinct sensation. In “Cask of Amontillado” Edgar Allen Poe used elements such as irony, symbolism, and foreshadowing so as to develop the significant emotion of malevolence. The leading character Montresor, was endowed with this feeling and the story deals with Montresor’s methods of murdering his enemy Fortunato and effecting his revenge upon
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