A Critique On The Suspense In The Story Of, The Cask Of Amontillado

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Suspense is one of the main reasons readers read. If there was nothing urging us to read on, then what would be the point? Something has to set off the sparks to keep us interested and hold our attention. It gets our hearts racing, putting us in wonder if we should stop reading, or continue to see the characters fate and what is in store for them. Suspense can be used in many different ways. It can be used in more of an intensity scene, or more of a calm eerie type. No matter which way it is used, readers always get the same reaction. Worry, wonder, and curiousness always gets to the best of us. In the text, The Cask of Amontillado, suspense is shown extremely well when Montresor is leading Fortunato deep into the underground, as Montrsor chains Fortunato up and begins to build the wall, and once the wall is completely built, it still leaves us in suspense.
To start, a very intense part in The Cask of Amontillado is when Montresor leads Fortunato deeper and deeper into the underground. We might ask ourselves, why would Fortunato follow him down there anyway? In the back of Fortunato’s mind, the best wine is kept below ground, so it almost makes sense to him. Yet, the readers see that something else might be going on. As they continue their journey, we recognize skulls and dead remains lying all around. Yet, it still does not affect Fortunato. We feel for him because as they go farther and farther, we are questioning what is actually going on, while Fortunato on the other hand has no clue and is completely oblivious to what he is getting himself into. In the Cask of Amontillado it reads, “I drink, to the buried that repose around us.” “And I to your long life.” The irony in those two lines that were shared was incredible. Montresor is basically telling him of what is going to happen in plain words.
Also, the suspense continues in The Cask of Amontillado when Montresor chains up Fortunato and begins to build the wall. Many may ask, why did Fortunato at this point still not understand what was happening and be struggling? In the text of The Cask of Amontillado it reads, “Throwing the links about his waist, it was but the works of a few seconds to secure it. He was too much astounded to resist. Withdrawing the key I stepped back from the recess.” It says plainly in the text, that Fortunato was in so much...

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