Yellow Wallpaper And Cast Of Amontillado The short story, The Yellow Wallpaper, written by Charlotte Gilman, and The Cast of Amontillado written by Edgar Allan Poe, are stories in which the plots are very different, but share similar qualities with the elements in the story. The Cast of Amontillado is a powerful tale of revenge, in which the narrator of the tale pledges revenge upon Fortunato for an insult. The Yellow Wallpaper is a story about a woman, her psychological difficulties and her husbands therapeutic treatment of her illness. She struggles over her illness, and battles her controlling husband. The settings in both stories are very important, they influence the characters, and help with the development of the plot.
In The Yellow Wallpaper the setting helps define the action as well as to explain characters behaviors. The setting is which the story takes place is in the narrators room, where she is severally ill, and she is locked up in the room which served as her cage. The room in which the narrator is caged in is a nursery, it is a big, airy room, the whole floor nearly, with windows that look all ways. The paint and paper look as if a boys school had used it. The narrator describes the color of the walls as repellent, almost revolting, it is an unclear yellow with a dull orange.
The condition that the narrator is in, the repulsiveness of the room, and the room haunting her, drives her into insanity. The Cast of Amontillado takes place in an appropriate setting, not only is the setting underground, but also in the blackness of the night. The story begins around dusk, one evening during the carnival season in a European city. The location quickly changes from the activities of the festival, to the damp, dark catacombs under the commons. With the setting being so dramatic, irony plays an important role in the story.
Irony occurs when the reader becomes painfully aware of what will become of Fortunato, even though he continues his descent into the catacombs in pursuit of the wine. Poe also adds to this effect, by calling the man Fortunato, who is anything but fortunate, and has him dressed in a clowns costume, which portrays him as a fool. While the settings in the two stories are very different, the different settings create the elements to the stories. The narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper becomes haunted by the wallpaper in her room. The setting takes place in the room, she dislikes the room from the moment she sees it and fells suffocated by it.
Her feeling of suffocation and being haunted by the wallpaper helps the reader become more aware of her motivation for tearing the wallpaper down. In The Cast of Amontillado, the setting creates a different effect. In The Yellow Wallpaper, the setting helps create the story, and sets the actions of the plot. In Poes story he uses the setting different then Gilman. He uses the setting to create suspense and to give the reader a sense of how the characters are felling walking through the catacombs looking for the wine.
The dark, damp basement magnifies the tension and uncertainty of the actions in the story. While the two stories are very different, the settings play a major role in both stories, without the setting, both stories would have less style and theme. In The Cast of Amontillado the theme of Poes writing ties in perfectly with the setting. It is important for Montresor to have his victim know what is happening to him. He will cease pleasure from the fact, that while Fortunato slowly dies in the wall, he thinks about his rejected opportunities and his unbearable regret.
As he sobers with terror, the final blow will come from the realization that his life is ending in his catacombs dying with his finest wine. The catacombs, in which he dies, set the theme, and relate well with the story. Without the yellow wallpaper in the short story, the significance of the wallpaper would not mater, nor would it set the theme or plot. At night the wallpaper becomes bars, and the wallpaper lets her see herself as a women and her desire to free herself. She needs to free herself from the difficulties of her husband, and from her sickness.
The settings in both, set up the elements of the stories and ads to the effect in both of the short stories. Bibliography Branson, Leigh W. Edgar Allen Poes Literary Neighborhood, 17 Mar. 1997*htt://www.geocities.com/Athens.