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Assignment III:

Setting and Mood Analysis Edgar Allan Poe vs. Edward Connell Written by Preme Namfar

The setting for this gruesome story by Poe could have been the most ironic gothic fiction of all time. The underground catacomb, which is very dark and quiet even though the event occurred during the carnival season, which is the celebration of freedom. The way Montresor lures Fortunato through the journey inside his family's catacomb was towards the smaller and fouler space, this genuinely making us aware that, both of them are further away from fresh

air and away from the freedom. As shown in this passage, "

descended, passed on, and descending again, arrived at a deep crypt, in which the foulness of the air caused our flambeaux rather to glow than flame." Although there is much ironic symbolism in this short story, such as the bells on Fortunato's jester outfit, that is a similar item to put on the wealthy dead bodies before buried to make sure not to bury anyone alive. Montresor deliberately buried him alive, and the silence of the bells was the sign of Fortunato's demise.


a range of low arches,

Another story is also quite ironic, and the setting gave itself away with the name "Ship-Trap Island" and left almost no place to imagine. Since Connell mentioned it from the beginning, it was very obvious to us that the island will be significant for this story. It was less than likely that good things would be happening there for sure. The island described as tangled with trees and surrounded by rocky shores as in Rainford's thought once he reached the place: "Dense jungle came down to the very edge of the cliffs." The story has set its theme from the conversation between Whitney and Rainsford about Rainsford believes in the hierarchy between the hunter and the hunted as he was quite confident that the hunted animals do not experience feelings, thought, and for sure "no reasoning" just pure instinct. Thereafter he became the hunted himself by General Zaroff and finally learned that instinct sure plays the prominent role in terms of survival from the hunter. Via the passage describe Rainsford's survival; "(he) forced himself on toward that gap. He reached it. It was the shore of the sea. Across a cove, he could see the dark gray stone of the chateau. Twenty feet below him, the sea rumbled and hissed. Rainsford hesitated. He heard the hounds. Then he leaped "

the cliff into the ocean, with "his animal instinct" or "rasher decision." The animal and human elements work in tandem to ensure his survival.

far out into the sea

Rainsford survives the hunt only after his fear forces him to jump off

As a personal opinion, "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe has given the more significant impact and more satisfying horror ending. With the way, Poe uses the tone of voice in Montresor's thoughts as calm, very gentle, and showed that he is a well-educated nobleman, but he was vengeful and lack of remorse. The way Montresor subtlely keeps himself friendly with Fortunato and the scheme where he dismissed Fortunato's wine knowledge to make the guy offer to come to Montresor's trap without a doubt, ensures how much he knows Fortunato valued his vanity. Montresor used reversed psychology and successfully got Fortunato into his own grave. It is even more amazing when his name 'Fortunato' means "fortunate" in this case, he was "unfortunate." The way Fortunato was in denial was also giving a satisfactory sensation as he laughed and still think he would be able to laugh about the incident together with Montresor over the wine and then when he realized Montresor was placing the last stone to plaster in Fortunato yells "For the love of God, Montresor!" Just like every other Poe's story, the murderer is grim and calm as Montresor answered, "Yes," he said, "for the love of God!" and lastly he revealed that the story had happened half a century ago and he never got caught or punished for what he did. Montresor portrays a calm and collected serial killer type person that the story itself has never assured us how many people had crossed and been killed by him. Even though "The Most Dangerous Game" has given us the puzzle of Rainsford's choice, whether he goes back to the civilization

or replace Zaroff, "The Cask of Amontillado" has the highest satisfaction in the outcome. The creepily yet humorous storytelling also adds to the reader's amusing and entertaining engagement along with the story. Montresor's sinister and his lame jokes kind of lead us to believe, for a moment, that somehow no one will get hurts, if we are able to laugh, it must not be that horrible. Nevertheless, suddenly, Fortunato was going to die; we cannot help feeling a little guilty the pleasure and laughter we had before.