Assignment N°1 – 2016 TOPICS: Edgar Allan Poe, Structuralism applied to short-story, Introduction to poetry, Intertextuality A.- Consider The Fall of the House of Usher, Barry’s Beginning Theory (chapter 2 – Structuralism) and answer the following questions: 1.- Refer to the concept of thematic unity in the short story and quote examples that illustrate the theoretical point. 2.- What assumptions can be made regarding time and characters in the opening paragraph? Quote three samples and analyse them. 3.- Refer to the pathetic…
How does Poe create mood in the short story “The Cask Of Amontillado”?
Edgar Allan Poe. Many have heard of him, because he was a literary critic and he was also best known for his tales of mystery and macabre.
The Cask of Amontillado was one of Poe’s last short story which was published in 1846. This paper explores the different methods which Poe uses to create the mood in “The Cask of Amontillado”.
The dark and sinister mood in “The Cask of Amontillado” is mainly created using imagery.
Poe uses compelling descriptions to demonstrate the dark underground vault or catacomb in which Montresor leads Fortunato into in search of the fine wine.One notes the use of imagery when Poe writes “There we could see the stone steps going down into the darkness.” as the last sentence on page 69. Another example of imagery would be “[ .]the floor was cold and hard.” and “[ .]the air was so old and heavy[ .]” and “[ .] trying to see through the thick darkness.” These examples make the reader imagine and visualise what it would be like for them to be down there next to Montresor.
To add to that, Poe easily accomplishes creating mood in his short story by simply writing in the First Person.
He starts off his story abruptly “Fortunato had hurt me a thousand times and I had suffered quietly.” by doing this Poe effortlessly makes the reader have a closer connection towards the character of Montresor. E.g. “My heart grew sick; it must have been the cold.” At this point Poe makes Montresor rethink his actions briefly, but pushes it away and puts .....[read full text]