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The Cask of Amontillado and The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe are typically dark pieces of literature by the great American author Poes use of mystery and darkness in both poems sets the tone for what will lead to a horrific ending for both main characters in each of his works Despite the fact that Cask of Amontillado is a short story and The Raven is a poem the imagery used in each is quite similar The chief difference in the style of writing is the presence of a rhyme scheme in The Raven The diction in each work is where these two poems contrast In both Cask of Amontillado and The Raven Poe uses darkness and loneliness to create a mysterious setting Most of Cask of Amontillado is set in the catacombs which are located underground in Italy while The Raven is set in an old mansion with one lonely haunted man Poe creates a horrific setting using a journey through these dark catacombs which serve as a burial ground for Italian families who could afford it Its dampness lends itself to an effective place for wine storage as well As Fortunato and the narrator walk through the catacombs they notice bones and bodies on the floor and chained to the walls He mentions the darkness and dampness of the vault numerous times In a similar fashion Poe sets the stage for mystery from the beginning of The Raven The very first line reads Once upon a midnight dreary In just these simple five words Poe lets the reader know that the setting is going to be dark and scary Some other words and phrases Poe uses to enhance this effect in the poem include bleak December dying ember and horror haunted In Cask of Amontillado they pass piles of bones with casks and puncheons intermingling The diction and the way Poe achieves the suspense in these works are what separates these
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