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Cask of Amontillado and Most Dangerous Game Essay

Cask of Amontillado and Most Dangerous Game Essay

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This is an essay I wrote on how the authors of "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Most Dangerous Game" use imagery to convey the mood. I hope you enjoy it, just please do not plagiarize.
This is an essay I wrote on how the authors of "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Most Dangerous Game" use imagery to convey the mood. I hope you enjoy it, just please do not plagiarize.

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Joe Strehlow10/6/08
Life and Death; God and the Devil
In the horrific and sadistic stories of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” andRichard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game,” the authors use imagery to convey the mood.Although both stories occur about one hundred years apart, death remains to be carried out inunjustified, atrocious styles. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor seeks vengeance onFortunato, an imprudent man who has an addiction to fine alcoholic beverages. Montresor, a manwho cannot bear Fortunato’s insults, uses Fortunato’s desire of Amontillado against him to lurehim to his death. In Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game,” Rainsford, a skillful hunter, falls off a yacht into the Amazon. After seeking land, he finds a seemingly civilized mansion withdelicious food, comfortable furniture, and even electricity. There he meets the hunting fanaticGeneral Zaroff, who eventually implies that the only creatures that give him a thrill to hunt arehumans. An appalled Rainsford thought that since he was being treated so well, he and Zaroff were to hunt other humans together; however, he soon finds out that he is the one who will behunted. Rainsford almost crosses the fine line of life and death multiple times, but he is saved byhis well developed instincts. Authors Poe and Connell use imagery to illuminate a forebodingatmosphere in their tales “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Most Dangerous Game”.In the eerie and vengeful anecdote “The Cask of Amontillado,” Edgar Allen Poe usesimagery to unearth an ominous mood. He describes Fortunato, the antagonist, as someone who“[wears] motley. He [has] on a tight-fitting parti-striped dress, and his head [is] surmounted bythe conical cap and bells” (Poe 7). The motley expresses the chaotic atmosphere of carnivalseason, suggesting that although the costume may appear jovial, it masquerades the true eerinessof carnival season. The tight-fitting dress illuminates that everyone is ensnared inside the
 
carnival, with no possible escape until the carnival ends; until then, all the individuals partyingformulate a façade hiding their true selves. The stripes on the dress symbolize life itself, as thestripes begin at one point and end abruptly at another. Death can occur unexpectedly, but oneknows it will come about eventually, just like one is aware that the stripes will end. Thealternating stripes resemble the diversity of life, yet it shows oneself that all of humankind mustoriginate and perish at a single point. The different circumferences of the varied curvature thatcompose the pointed cap convey the different levels and stages of life, with the point, or death, atthe end. Life also takes oneself in unforeseen directions, which is why there are so many routesfrom the base of the cap to point. Every individual undergoes a stage of being, although they allend up under the reign of Death eventually. The bells symbolize a happy, joyous life, but onlywhen they’re ringing. When the sound of the bells slowly fades away, it suggests one’s life may be close to an end. The bells illustrate that Providence or Death, whoever it may be, will alwayssend out a subtle warning before slicing through one’s heart. Fortunato’s entire costume reekswholly of anguish and fatality. Fate is foreshadowed further when Montresor and Fortunato near the end of the catacombs:“At the most remote end of the crypt there [appears] another less spacious. Its walls [are]lined with human remains, piled to the vault overhead, in the fashion of the greatcatacombs of Paris. Three sides of the crypt [are] still ornamented in this manner. Fromthe fourth side the bones had been thrown down, and [lie] promiscuously within the earth,forming at one point a mound of some size” (10).The three sides of the crypt with neatly lined human remains bear a resemblance to a wall that is built from the remains of the deceased. However, since only three sides of the wall arecompleted, more of humanity must be bereaved. The needed skeletons to complete the final wall portray that Montresor’s duty is to annihilate Fortunato and to complete the barrier dividing the
 
living and those incarcerated by the mighty Death Himself. Moreover, life and death contradicteach other when Montresor and Fortunato encounter the end of the crypt:“Within the wall thus exposed by the displacing of the bones, [Montresor and Fortunato perceive] a still interior crypt or recess, in depth about four feet, in width three, in heightsix or seven. It [seems] to have been constructed for no especial use within itself, but[forms] merely the interval between the two of the colossal supports of the roof of thecatacombs, and was backed by one of their circumscribing walls of solid granite” (10).The depth of the sepulcher measuring approximately four feet symbolizes life, since the four seasons represent life as a repeating and continuous cycle. The measurement of three in widthconveys that although death will occur, life will always rise from it, representing the resurrectionof Jesus on the third day after his death. The height of six or seven resembles life, as God createdman on the sixth day; the numeral seven unites life and death harmoniously, as seven is the digitsfour and three added together. The interval between the two roof supports are the border wherelife and death meet; the walls enclosed around the crypt are the bounds that bind life and deathtogether.The corrupt, inhumane methods used in Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game”foreshadow the corrupt events of the near future using elements from the setting. For instancewhen Rainsford falls off the ship, he sees that the “lights of the yacht [become] faint and ever-vanishing fireflies; then they [are] blotted out entirely by the night” (Connell 21). The weakeningluminescence of the lights, which resembles one’s life deteriorating, indicates the occurrence of a brutal demise. The night encasing the light of the vessel is essentially Death, snuffing out theseemingly eternal flame of life by using a breath greater than the power of the Almighty himself.In addition, after Rainsford has been swimming for what seemed like hours, he uses “hisremaining strength [to drag] himself from the swirling waters. Jagged crags [appear] to jut into

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