Know The Action Before The Action

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Knowing the Action before the ActionThe mood of stories may be conveyed in different ways. A review of three of Edgar Allen Poe's stories-The Cask of Monticello, The Masque of Red Death and The Fall of the House of Usher shows how Poe sets the mood of plot in his stories. Poe conveys the mood of the plot in his stories through his description of the setting. Poe uses descriptive settings in each of these stories to paint an eerie, dark, gloomy and deadly picture. Poe sets the mood before the plot takes place.In the Cask of Monticello, Poe conveys a dark and evil mood through his description of the setting. Poe gives us the general mood when he says "It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season" (Poe 214). Although Poe says that Montresor hates Fortunato and seeks revenge for his insults, Montresor doesn't let him know that he hates him. Poe tells where Montresor is tricking Fortunato into taking him saying "I took from their sconces two flambeaux, and giving one to Fortunato, bowed him through several suites of rooms to the archway that led into the vaults. I passed down a long and winding staircase, requesting him to be cautious as he followed. We came at length to the foot of the descent, and stood together upon the damp ground of the catacombs of the Montresors" (215-216). Poe wrote "We had passed through long walls of piled skeletons, with casks and puncheons intermingling, into the inmost recesses of the catacombs" (217 ). The mood is set by describing these underground tunnels and rooms so you can feel the eerie dark, wet, rotting human skeletons. Poe also says "the nitre caused Fortunato to cough constantly" (216). This created a feeling of eeriness and horror. The last room's size is 4' by 3' by 6' making you think about it as the size of being Fortunato's coffin. This draws a picture of horror and evil. An evil which ended up happening to Montresor when Fortunato chained and sealed him in the room while still alive. A dark and evil mood was felt through the description of the setting with the result being evil.In another of Poe's short stories The Masque of Red Death a spooky and deadly mood was created. The narrator's choice of words in his description sets the mood of the story. The description of both of the house and the seventh room within the large house creates a spooky and deadly mood. The house is "retired to the deep seclusion of one of his catellated abbeys. This was an extensive and magnificent structure, the creation of the princes own eccentric yet august taste. A strong and lofty wall girdled it in. This wall had gates of iron. The courtiers, having entered, brought furnaces and massy hammers and welded the bolts. They resolved to leave means neither of ingress or egress to the sudden impulses of despair or of frenzy from within" (133). In the seventh room "the panes here were scarlet - a deep blood color…the effect of the firelight that streamed upon the dark hangings through the...

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