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Authors use literary devices to enhance their story or their theme The devices can vary from a climax to make a thrilling story to a choice of narrator to create a certain tone or mood Devices like these are used in numerous short stories including The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe and Masque of the Red Death also by Edgar Allan Poe to make spine-tingling stories With that in mind the authors of these stories used setting verbal irony and symbolism to enhance their storiesRichard Connell uses setting in The Most Dangerous Game to keep the reader interested in the mysterious plot Connell sets Ship-Trap Island as the setting and describes it as being surrounded by jagged sharp rocks with thick jungles covering the island This being the reader is more intrigued by what the name might signify The author also uses the setting to magnify General Zaroffs personality Connell describes Zaroffs mansion as an enormous buildinga lofty structure with pointed towers plunging upward into the gloom His eyes made out the shadowy outlines of a palatial chateau it was set on a high bluff and on three sides of it cliffs dived down to where the sea licked greedy lips in the shadows In many ways the way the mansion is described reflects General Zaroff Also the island itself is illustrated as having jungles with mazes of trails hills and swamps providing the most exciting hunting grounds for General Zaroffs dangerous gameIn The Cask of Amontillado Edgar Allan Poe uses verbal irony to emphasize Montresors vengeful scheme in store for Fortunato The verbal irony is used in many different contexts for instance the two have a drink and and Fortunato toasts to the buried that repose around us while Montresor toasts to Fortunatos long life Both toasts are ironic because Fortunato is blind to the fact that he himself would soon be one of the
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