Cask Of Amontillado Syntax Analysis

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Edgar Allan Poe has become a vital figure in the world of literature based on his gothic short stories, Cask of Amontillado to The Fall of House Usher and Tell-Tale Heart, each unique in their own way as they have attracted more people to his books for over two centuries. In his short stories, Poe has shown numerous amounts of descriptive and unsettling imagery with different techniques, adding an eerie mood along with suspenseful syntax. Poe not only incorporates techniques such as unsettling imagery, but morbid diction as well, using them to their fullest to capture the interest of the reader. He demonstrates a brilliant command of language and technique, using his own way of writing and imagination to captivate the reader, making them anxious …show more content…
In the short story Cask of Amontillado, he shows suspenseful syntax and verbal irony in a conversation between Montresor and Fortunato which states, “‘You do not comprehend?’ he said. ‘Not I,’ I replied. ‘Then you are not of the brotherhood.’ ‘How?’ ‘You are not of the Masons.’Yes, yes’ I said, ‘yes! Yes.’ ‘You? Impossible! A Mason?’ ‘A mason.’ I replied. ‘A sign,’ he said. ‘It is this,’ I answered, producing from beneath the folds of my roquelaire a trowel.” In this conversation Fortunato is referring to a mason as a member of an international order established for mutual help and fellowship but Montresor was talking about a mason as a worker in stone adding verbal irony and shows the confidence of Montresor as he reveals his plans. Poe adds dark humour throughout the conversation showing the reader of the following fate coming towards Fortunato. Additionally, he also foreshadows the death of Fortunato as he was killed by stones at the end of the story. The narrator, in the story The Tell-Tale-Heart feels the menacing presence of the officers in front of him while he is turning more and more and even more guilty each second as the officers are sitting in front of him. “I felt that I must scream of the die!-and now-again!-hark!-louder! louder! louder! louder! ( Poe, 191). During the seemingly long conversation the narrator has with the officers, he overthinks and gradually slips into insanity. Using repetition to emphasize the sound of the heartbeat to add suspense. As Poe has diverse ways of writing stories he has a way of incorporating both unsettling imagery and suspenseful syntax throughout his

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