Simplistic And Beautiful Revenge
Setting is the place or type of surroundings where something is positioned or where an event takes place. Settings serve a huge role in stories without them: stories would be nothing more then a list of events playing out. Settings not only help get the reader involved it is also used to create and show meaning through symbolism, setting the mood, and Theme. Often in stories the setting alone can give you the best description of who the character Is Like In “The Cask Of Amontillado” and “Hills Like White Elephants. Symbolism plays huge parts In both of these stories. In “The Cask Of Amontillado” the main symbols we see are the outfit that Fortunate wears, the way he dies, and also the amontillado. The Amontillado was important symbols because it’s used to lure him into the catacombs were the story takes place. Fortunate is dress in a Jester (a clown costume) and this also tells us this is Mentor’s way of almost humiliating Fortunate and getting even with him for whatever trouble Fortunate has caused him.
Lastly was the way he left Fortunate in the catacombs to die. This is cruel and torturous and gives you a little insight to Just how mad Mentors was. In “Hills Like White Elephants” we are also faced with some important symbolism, the railroad, the hills, and white elephants. The Railroad where our story takes place Is and also symbol not only because Its where our characters are but also because the railroad symbolize crossroads in The American and Gigs life and the decision they have to make.
During the story Gig looks out into the horizon and notices the hills and says, “And we could have all this. ” (Peg. 06) Gig sees the hills as a challenge, new life and possibility. The white elephant’s symbolize the unborn baby and the fact that The American says he’s never seen one says that he is not really open to the idea of keeping the baby. Setting the mood is a very important factor in a story. The mood is the feeling we get when we are reading the story.
In “The Cask Of Amontillados’ the mood is extremely Important, we know that Mentors Is seeking revenge so this creates a mood of mystery, suspense, and darkness which Is perfect for this story because he s going to be killing Fortunate. In “Hills Like White Elephants” the mood is a little more serious and at times sarcastic. This story is based on an important decision that needs to be made and The American wants her to decided but Gig is more concerned with what’s going on around them and not so much with making a decision. 1 OFF Cask Of Amontillado” is revenge.
The story starts off “The thousand injuries of Fortunate I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge. (Poe 411). From then on the whole story is about seeking revenge. This is very important because it is telling you what is going on and why. In “Hills Like White Elephants” the major theme is Choice. This is important to the story because they have a decision to make and it relates back to the crossroads that they are going to have to face. Settings serve a huge role in stories without them; stories would be nothing more then a list of events playing out.