November 21, 2015
Cask of Amontillado
Vengeance is a dish best served cold. As Montresor, from “the Cask of Amontillado” would approve. Poe’s use of symbols gives a clear view of the character’s emotions, and lets the reading into the shoes the characters. Poe is known for giving a horror trace to his stories and poems in a sense that it’s not direct, but the readers can pick up on. “The Cask of Amontillado”, would have to be one of the best works by Poe through depicting the writing style he is known for. In the story it is assumed that Fortunato and Montresor were once friends, however Montresor has some type of grudge towards Fortunato to where he plans
The mystery and undertone of this horror story can be understood by the knowing the author, Edgar Allan Poe. His childhood and environment shaped the way he writes. At the age of two his mother, Elizabeth Poe, died causing early dramatic events in Edgar’s life. He was then taken in by his uncle. At the age of 17, Edgar could no longer afford school and, Mr. Allan refused to help pay. This caused Edgar to become an alcoholic gambler and enquire massive amounts of debt. Poe then moved to New York with no friends, no money and in deep debt, while he struggled to become a poet and writer. (Short Story Criticism 125) From events in his life, good or bad, he created great works such as “The Cask of Amontillado”. With the use of symbols, characterization, and figurative language, Poe intertwines these components throughout the story.
The story starts with the main character, Montresor. He tells the audience that Fortunado insulted him. Then Montresor, who is to the point of insanity, deceives Fortunato so he can kill him. Fortunato’s longs for...
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... a festival, to the extreme of death at Montresor’s ancestral catacombs. The cynical undertone of Montresor gives just slightly enough to where Fortunato, though drunk, doesn 't quite catch. Poe’s use of objects, for example the Amontillado in itself, is symbol is for fortune and wealth. Montresor knows that Fortunato has nearly an addiction to wine and that the offer of Amontillado is irresistible, which is his trap for him. Another symbol is Fortunato’s name in itself. “Fortunato” literally stands for “fortuna” in Latin, deriving from the Latin word “fortunatus” meaning fortune. Which is ironic because Fortunato is not fortunate or lucky at all. Poe also gives this symbolic meaning to Montresor’s name as well. There was an actual Count of Montresor who tried to assassinate Cardinal Richelieu, tying the name together with luck and murder with factual origin. (Benton)
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