November 18, 2014
Edgar Allen Poe is a very famous writer. He is best known for his short stories. One of these short stories being “The Cask of Amontillado”. This is a story of a man seeking revenge on one that he claims used to be his friend. In this story, Poe uses mature vocabulary to support the stories mood. Others may argue that his vocabulary in no way describes the mood. Edgar Allen
Poe sets the mood of “The Cask of Amontillado” through big words, old English, and twists on language. Poe’s use of “big” words give readers a hint of the overall mood. “He prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine.” gives you a taste of Montresor’s formalness as well as his smug attitude towards Fortunato. Edgar gives off the impression that Montresor and Fortunato are very formal, wellspoken men with the use of “big” words. The given example shows the use of formal vocabulary. It gives readers the impression that Montresor resents Fortunato. Large, complicated words give off the vibe of a formal, stuffy mood.
The authors use of old English gives readers an understanding of the mood. In paragraph
4 of “The Cask of Amontillado” Montresor is describing Fortunato’s appearance. Fortunato’s clothing choices is only the attire of long ago. “He had on tightfitting, partistriped dress and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells.” describes an old fashioned outfit. All of
Poe’s old English lets us…