Prompt: Explain how the author uses diction to portray tone within the text. Cite textual evidence to support your response.
Edgar Allan Poe uses diction, or word choice, to portray a specific tone within “The Cask of Amontillado.” Poe uses diction to portray a mocking attitude towards death. The author exposes his humorous view of death by drinking to Fortunato’s “long life” (90). Here, the author’s word choice creates a humorous tone because he is essentially mocking Fortunato’s death because he knows in reality Fortunato does not have long to live. Likewise, Poe uses a specific diction when describing Fortunato’s reaction to being chained inside the niche. The author chooses the words, “I re-echoed – I aided – I surpassed them in volume and strength” (92). Here, Poe is describing his protagonist as mocking the dying Fortunato. Montresor is repeating Fortunato’s cries for help, but Montresor is mocking him because his are longer and louder. Edgar Allan Poe uses dictionto portray a humorous, mocking tone about death.