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The Dank Dark Setting of The Cask and Usher In many of Edgar Allan Poes stories the atmosphere is dark and dreary The settings in Poes stories The Cask of Amontillado and the The Fall of the House of Usher are cryptic and melancholy In The Cask of Amontillado a underground vault is described as a deep crypt in which the foulness of the air caused our flambeaux rather to glow than flame 280 The Fall of the House of Usher was set on a cold gray day in the middle of the countryside In the story Poes beginning sentence is a good example of the setting During the whole of a dull dark and soundless day in the autumn of the year when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens I had been passing alone on horseback through a singularly dreary tract of country and a length found myself as the shades of evening drew on within view of the melancholy House of Usher 461 Edgar Allan Poes use of setting in The Cask of Amontillado and The Fall of the House of Usher is dismal and morbid contributing to the effect of horror in these stories Poes word use to describe the beginning of The Fall of the House of Usher gives the reader the feel of trepidation Like noted before the story enters upon the narrator describing the day as dull dark and soundless Using the words dull and dark present a gloomy scenario in which the reader might picture a lifeless calm before the storm setting His use of the word soundless gives a feel of loneliness and helplessness as if no one is around to help if any such thing should happen As he approaches the house he describes it as the melancholy House of Usher461 He looks upon the scene before him and notices bleak walls rank sedges and decayed trees 462 Poes word choice to
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