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Frazier 1 Location, Location, Location: The Use of Setting By Poe in “The Purloined Letter” and “The Cask of Amontillado” Donald Frazier 13 November 2007 Karen English English 68A
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Frazier 2 Edger Allan Poe, an acclaimed American poet and short story writer often uses setting very carefully, and deliberately in his works to foreshadow the events to come . In “The Purloined Letter”, the dark room, and the hotel are the two locations at which the story takes place . Setting is used in this work to suggest the cunning nature of Dupin and the meticulous scrutiny of the Prefect . Likewise, in “The Cask of Amontillado”, the Catacombs of the narrator, Montressor as well as the Carnival, during which the revenge transpires speak to the impending doom and the foolish nature of Fortunato, as well as the vile plot of the cunning Montressor . “The Purloined Letter,” opens in a dark chamber, where two men are sitting enjoying tobacco and conversation . The two men are described as “Maintain[ing] a profound silence; while each, to any casual observer, might have seemed intently occupied with the curling eddies of smoke that oppressed the atmosphere of the chamber”(1599) . This scene alludes not only to the mystery at hand, but also to the cunning nature of Dupin, the narrators host . The setting is “simple and odd”(1600), just as the mystery is described by
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Frazier 3 the Prefect . Simple because the two men are “enjoying the twofold luxury of meditation, and meerschaum”(1599) and at the same time quite odd since they are doing so in silence and in a dark room .
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