Poe's Short Stories

5. how does the setting contribute to the horror of the story?

contrast the story in the beginning of the story with the setting where Montressor takes Frontunato.

from the story: "Cask of Amontillado"

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There is a big carnival going on. Everybody is making merry. There are fireworks, music and crowds. Montressor takes Frontunato down to the caverns/catacombs where the dead are buried. It is a dark and lonely place. Where there is much life above ground, there is only death below.