A Critique of Suspense
Evaluations Done On The Cask of Amontillado
Throughout history, many renowned writers have been noticed for certain aspects of their work. Whether it be fiction or non-fiction, the authors always seem to have one general theme that goes about their stories. The all too well known intro, climax, and conclusion. It almost seems boring when you come to realize that it is in nearly every single book you read. Despite the seemingly repetitive work of hundreds of creative people, there is one man who has been recognized for his particular style and his ability to inspire others and that man’s name is Edgar Allan Poe.
One of the greatest things about Poe’s dark and sinister tales is the fact that he understands so completely what exactly would happen if it were all true. He only understood it because when a person loses everything then they have next to nothing. But they still have their imagination. Be it twisted and slightly terrific, it’s still something. Poe manages to efficiently capture the essence of these two men as they journey to a supposed “happiness”, in a sense. The suspense makes the scenes a little tense in the beginning but it’s like nothing is wrong, yet. Montresor was quite devilish in the way that he lured Fortunato down into the depths of his soon to be death bed, “My friend, no, I will not impose on your good nature…” The suspense is added in here and there, just to keep things a little bit interesting and sinister, yet without revealing the true nature of what is going to happen. The little bits of added tension add layers and layers of tiny intricate details that normal people couldn’t comprehend.
Second of all, the suspense woven within the grim story gives you more of a look at what happened to cause this horrific ending. In other stories, you have to have it explained to you, but in this specific story, you are given free will to draw your own conclusion about what caused this oddness. The horrendousness of the situation just allows your imagination to run wild with the possibilities, which in turn makes...