The Cask of Amontillado
...Amontillado (1846) The devices of Gothic fiction, with haunted castles, eerie sounds, grotesque imagery and enclosed spaces were all part of Poe's mastery of the genre. In 'The Cask of Amontillado", with metaphor, allusion and irony, and the reality of "the colossal support of the roof of the catacombs,backed by one of their circumscribing walls of solid granite" (Poe, 1094) he created horror, murder, madness and revenge. The victim, narrator and reader are enclosed in a sequence of ever-mounting fear and tension, to the final entrapment. Poe used the device of enclosures to force the confrontation of the deepest human fears; death... Poe's Use of Enclosures, Literal and Figurative in The Cask of...