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If only Fortunato had known the danger before he stepped into the catacombs along with

Montresor. Many times in writing and film we find ourselves feeling a lot of emotions for

example, fear, distress, happiness, anger, sadness. But do we ever wonder why exactly we feel

these types of moods when action isn’t directly happening to us? The Cask of Amontillado, a

story created by Edgar E. Poe, the author uses descriptive words to manipulate mood to give off

a dark mysterious vibe that haunts people.

The dark mood is especially important to give off the scary and haunting vibes of the

story, and the author uses his words and the setting to make this story thrilling. The setting

played an important role, because it gave the story a creepy feel as the characters were slowly

getting deeper and deeper into the catacombs. On page 6, “We had passed through walls of piled

bones, with casks and puncheons intermingling, into the inmost recesses of the catacombs,” The

author also uses onomatopoeia to give the story “sound effects” to help you visualize the story

better. In page 5-6, many times it was mentioned that Fortunato's hat was jingling. Also on the

last page 10, the words Ha and He were used to say he was laughing. Instead of simply just

writing about his laughter, the author used onomatopoeia, to give it more dept. He would create

lines that gave a dark, creepy mood because of the words he used, and it foreshadowed that

maybe bad events would occur. Example, found on pages 372 and 376, “The thousand injuries,

but when we ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge,” and “The wine sparkled in his eyes, and

his bells jingled,”

In the film, the author uses many ways to create the many different moods. For example,

the director did a very good job at setting a dark mood by using the tone of the actor of

Montresor’s voice. The dark lightning played an important role setting that mood and so did the
background music. It wasn’t just silent. The mood gave a creepy feeling and maybe even

foreshadowed about what will be happening next. Back to the tone of Montresor’s voice, he was

sarcastic about things as well. He would sometimes in scenes have a tone where he cared about

Fortunato’s health, and then the next he didn’t. On page 5, Montresor said in his head, “My poor

friend found it impossible to reply for many minutes,” In reality, Montresor didn’t view

Fortunato as a friend, but as an enemy. A villian.

The director and author created their moods very differently, but in some ways similar. In

the story and film, they both used setting to create the haunting environment. And instead of

having background music like the film did, the story used the onomatopoeia words which are

known to be used for sound.

In the short story, the author used certain techniques to create the mood. Such as setting ,

onomatopoeia , and the descriptive words. Next, in the Film, he created his mood with lightning,

the tone of the actors voice, and background music.

It’s very important to incorporate mood and feeling into your writing or film because it

helps the audience feel what you’re trying to get out. If you film a movie on the element of fear,

and you throw in happy background music when someone’s on the brink of death, it doesn’t

exactly make you feel scared now does it? Mood is needed in situations like this so we can feel

scared without actually having to experience it.