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The mood of The Cask of Amontillado The Ghastly Mood of The Cask of Amontillado Throughout The cask of Amontillado Edgar Allan Poe creates a mood of horror Mood is the feeling in the reader created by the authors choice of details Aspects of the story such as setting theme and small details make the reader shiver with disgust as they read about Montresors deeds In the first few lines of the story Montresor reveals to the reader that he wants revenge against Fortunado without consequences and because it is a night of celebration and chaos the reader knows that something bad is going to happen to Fortunado The reader is convinced that something horrific is going to take place and if Montresor goes through with his plot of revenge he will get away with it The setting is perfect for a plot of revenge with no penalty in the dark underground burial place of the unsupervised household on a day when everyone is celebrating and no one cautious of murder Fortunado is being tricked into this extensive death plot Poe creates a setting that helps to foreshadow what is to come of Fortunado Revenge the theme of The Cask of Amontillado is in itself an appalling trait In the first few lines when Montresor reveals plot of revenge it becomes clear to the reader the mood of the story is horrifying When Montresors revenge scheme is taking place at the end of the story the reader once again gets an intense feeling of horror because Montresors actions are so dreadful Revenge is also a part of the mood Poe creates in this short story The small details that make The Cask of Amontillado horrifying are dispersed throughout the story For example Montresors family motto shown in the picture above the front door of his house symbolized that if anyone in Montresors family was attacked insulted or done-wrong the attacker would be
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