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Terror Created One need not wonder any longer why Edgar Allen Poe was a master of the terror genre after reading The Cask of Amontillado Through the use of tension and ambiguity Poe has succeeded in creating suspense and terror right up to the very end of his story It is an excellent example of how tension imagery and irony combine to create an overwhelming effect of terror The story begins with Montresor declaring his intention of revenge on Fortunato I must not only punish but punish with impunity leaves little doubt that he intends the revenge to be extremely severe 1146 So upon the initial meeting and throughout the sequence of events he is incredibly amiable calling Fortunato my friend and declaring how pleased he was to see him the tension begins to build 1146 The more solicitous Montresor becomes the greater the tension The friendly greeting my dear Fortuanto magnifies the irony in you are luckily met 1146 We guess that Fortunato is anything other than lucky in meeting Montresor this night The clear statement of intent to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong juxtaposed with the graciousness and eagerness with which he addresses Fortunato creates the tension 1146 Another masterful tool of suspense is the vagueness of the thousand injuries and the ultimate insult 1146 If we knew the crime we might be able to anticipate the level of retribution but because the wrongs are completely omitted we are unaware of what to expect We cannot even guess at the level of revenge or offense based on our knowledge of either character because they also are depicted vaguely Montresor hints at his own character when he suggests that those who know the nature of his soul will also know that he would not have tipped his hand by uttering a threat 1146 The hint is an unobtrusive view into the possibility of a
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