Gothic Elemets

Gothic Elemets

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  • Setting and Atmosphere
  • A Gothic Protagonist
  • Emotions Run High
  • The gothic element of the setting is dungeons or secret rooms like the grave Montresor build for Fortunato. "Within the wall thus exposed by the displaying of the bones, we perceived a still interior crypt or recess... for no special use..."  (Poe 5)
  • Foreboding
  • The protagonist being cut cut off from the people around him is also a gothic element, by Fortunato Bullying Montresor "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best i could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge." (Poe 1)
  • Decay
  • Another gothic element used in the story is people going mad, for example Montresor find satisfaction in torturing Fortunato "I laid the second tier, and the third, and the fourth; and then i heard the furious vibrations of the chain. The noice lasted for several minutes, during which, that might I hearken to it with the more satisfaction." (Poe  6)
  • Supernatural
  •  An ancient curses  is used in the story as a gothic element, the foot of the coat of arm resembles Montresor and the serpent resembles Fortunato. "A huge human foot d'or in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel." (Poe 4)
  • The Character of decay Fortunato is another gothic element used. At the beginning he was admired and feared and then turned out dead at the end in the hands of a former friend. "This Fortunato-- although in other regards he was a man to be respected and feared." (Poe 1) "It was succeeded by a sad voice, which I had difficulty in recognized as that of the noble Fortunato" (Poe 6)
  • An unexplained manifestation is used as an additional gothic element. The killing of Fortunato was unexplained and no one knew how or where he died. "Against the new masonry, I re-erected the old rampart of bones. For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them." (poe 7)
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