Edgar Allan Poe 's The Cask Of Amontillado Essay

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Unity of Effect: Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”

Have you ever read any of Poe’s work and felt nervous, scared or anxious at any point? If yes, you have experienced something called unity of effect. According to Edgar Allan Poe’s biography in Literature and its writers, Poe believes that unity of effect is the “most essential quality of all successful short fiction” (542). Poe based his writing on unity of effect to make the reader feel terror and horror. He does this to help push the reader to feel a more intense emotion about what is happening in the story. Using Poe’s ideas about unity of effect, apply specific ideas from it to his short story, “The Cask of Amontillado”. In what ways does “The Cask of Amontillado” exemplify unity of effect? Poe expresses unity of effect through literary components. The main literary components that Poe uses to create unity of effect are irony, symbol, setting, and foreshadowing. Poe introduces irony to his writing when he names one of the main characters Fortunado. It is ironic because according to Behind the Name, Fortunado means fortunate in Italian and this character is the exact opposite of that. Montressor, the main character, ends up killing Fortunado to make him feel the pain that Fortunado made him feel. Throughout the story Poe keeps writing in a way that makes it seem as though Montresor is concerned about Fortunado’s well being. Poe writes, “we will go back; your health is precious. You are rich, respected,…

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