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The Comparison of The Red Room and The Cask OF Amontillado

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The Comparison of 'The Red Room' and 'The Cask OF Amontillado' 'The Red Room', which is written by H.G.Wells, is a totally different gothic story from 'The Cask of Amontillado' by Edgar Allen Poe. 'The Red Room' is about an arrogant man who thinks that he can brave a night in the sinister red room, however the red room is haunted by some unknown being. Whereas 'The Cask of Amontillado' shows a man called Montressor who swears to get revenge on his persistent tormentor, Fortunato. He gets this revenge on Fortunato via locking him inside a dead-end passageway. He chains Fortunato to a wall and seals the passage with another wall. This makes the confinement of the place where Fortunato is sealed, airtight. An insight into Montressor's twisted mind is shown to the audience by the extreme way in which he murders Fortunato. Both stories however, use key gothic elements such as nightly settings, dark rooms covered in dust or damp, subterranean passages and the absence of light as well as the narrative genre in order to achieve an interesting and invigorating story. In 'The Red Room' the narrator creates tension and suspense by using time stretching to tell the story and allowing the reader's imagination to wonder about what the unknown being is. While in 'The Cask of Amontillado' Edgar Allen Poe uses the stream of consciousness to tell the story and allows the reader to know what happens in advance but doesn't allow them to know the severity of what will happen. ...read more.


However towards the end of the story he shows even more irony towards his victim's untimely death. Writing the story in the first person through the eyes of the narrator allows the readers a different insight into the death of Fortunato. Edgar Allen Poe, uses irony and foreshadowing to a great extent as well as using it creatively and effectively, for instance when Fortunato says, 'the cough's a mere nothing; it will not kill me' shows that Fortunato has no clue of what is about to happen even though Montressor drops hints such as 'True -true' This keeps the readers interest as to how Fortunato will be killed because he 'shall not die of a cough'. Edgar Allen Poe allows the audience to feel that there is a big rivalry between Montressor and Fortunato. Montressor tells the audience that he 'was skilful in the Italian vintages' as well as Fortunato was 'in the matter of old wines he was sincere'. This shows that they are competitive men because Montressor 'b[uys] largely whenever [he] could.' This rivalry creates conflict and tension. The fact that Montressor wants to seek Luchesi to find out about the Amontillado urges Fortunato despite his respiratory problems and his drunkenness shows that Fortunato has a great passion for sherry. He repeats twice that 'Luchesi cannot tell Amontillado from Sherry'. Which shows that Fortunato thinks highly of himself as well as he looks down on Luchesi even though 'some fools will have it that his taste is a match for yours'. ...read more.


This allows the reader to visualise the enclosing darkness and possibilities of what might be in it. 'The Cask of Amontillado' allows the reader to sympathise with Fortunato as Montressor seals him off from the rest of the world this also creates suspense and tension. Montressor also seals off all the light and allows the darkness to creep in on Fortunato; this again creates a sense of fear and crucial suspense. Both stories use gothic story themes a lot. Themes such as the subterranean passages and spiral staircases are used to great effect in both stories. The use of the Catacombs (subterranean passages) in 'The Cask Of Amontillado' helps the reader to realise that where Fortunato will be killed is far away from where anyone would find him. It is also ironic that he is murdered in a burial chamber for the dead. The use of a spiral staircase in 'The Red Room' also allows the reader to feel tense and nervous due to the fact that the narrator cannot see around the corner or who is at the top of the stairs until he gets there. In conclusion both stories are written in great ways and achieve the same thing with the Red Room's lack of description about what was in the penumbra allows the reader to think of something that could lure in the dark and what they are scared of. Whereas the vivid description of the dark catacombs filled with 'Nitre' allows the reader to feel claustrophobic and understand Fortunato's pain and suffering being locked in the catacombs. ...read more.

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