Madness and Fear in Assignation, Cask of Admontillado, Fall of the House of Usher, and Masque of the Red Death Poe’s madmen are all obsessed with death. Existence within reality eventually becomes impossible. Poe usually places his madmen within a room or other enclosure, but they are rarely ever outside. When we do come across an exterior, nature does its best to repress, confine and enclose the man. The protagonist in Poe’s “The Assignation” sums up the combination of time and space within Poe’s stories and says, “I have … framed for myself … a bower of dreams.
The Cask of Amontillado is a short tale of revenge, written by Edgar Allan Poe. The two main characters in the story are Montresor, who is the murderer, and Fortunato who plays a wine connoisseur and the victim. In this dark story, we can see a lot of irony, hate and revenge coming from the main character who has been planning this all along. In this essay I will analyze, examples of irony and foreshadowing used by the writer, symbols and themes, among other things. (Hasanbelliu) In this short story, examples of irony and foreshadowing are presented very often in between lines.
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Poe uses irony with his main character, Montresor, to enhance the death of Fortunato, while McCarthy’s antagonist, Chigurh, effectively uses his sociopathic ways to create suspenseful tactics leading up to death. Even though both authors portray death differently in their work, they each use dark imagery to develop and enrich the idea of death. Poe’s short story, which contains no deep background or characters, takes the reader through a dark, mysterious murder. It is told from the first person point of view with Montresor being the narrator. He is considered an unreliable one because the audience does not know if he is insane.
The reader can get the sense that the narrator is evil and has a dark image associated with him. The morbid tone comes from the common implementation that the narrator is committing murder. There is a dramatic tonal shift in the middle of the poem. “So, she was come through wind and rain” (Browning l. 30) is the sentence that changes the way the poem is delivered. From lines 1-30, Browning makes Porphyria the active character and he seems to write this section as a traditional romanticized love poem.
Both stories use the elements of death, darkness, horror, coldness, dampness, fear, obscurity, and mystery to get the point and theme across. Obsession is shown in “The Tell Tale Heart” by the obsession with the eye even after the narrator killed the old man. Obsession is shown in “The Cask of Amontillado” with Montresor’s obsession with getting back at Fortunato. Another way obsession is shown is in way Montresor’s holds a grudge on Fortunato just because he insulted him once. Everything Edgar Allan Poe has written in these short stories was put there for a reason.
Quickly, curiosity invites the reader to discover what could be so terrible that would cause a person such great affliction. This story is a classic example of Poe’s writing. One could surmise the afflictions Poe’s experienced in his own life were reflected in the character Roderick. Works Cited Fall of the House of Usher, The http://www.online-literature.com/poe/31/
Soft and fair, not so: For if I hang myself, let's know, who will revenge Horatio's murder then?” This question is the central di... ... middle of paper ... ...o his failing mind but there are other forces acting upon the final tragic event. In conclusion drawing reference form the Spanish tragedy by Thomas Kyd and the filmic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth by Roman Pollanski all great tragedies are in part brought about through the tragedy in the minds of the main protagonists of Hieronimo and Macbeth and through the madness of supporting characters like Isabel and Lady Macbeth. However there must be elements of the play to bring about this psychological tragedy and in addition to this there are aspects in both tragedies of the superhuman and that divine that seemingly influence the end. In light of all of this it is safe to say that all great tragedies are at least in part a tragedy of mind but that the tragedy of the human mind isn’t seen as the only reason for the final tragic conclusion of the play.
This is evident in the following statement in the opening paragraph of the story, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (Poe 7). Therefore, it is apparent to the reader from the onset of the story that revenge is a major driving force for Montresor for him to dreadfully murder his acquaintance,... ... middle of paper ... ...evertheless, the portrayal of revenge differs in the manner of execution, as seen in Montresor’s eagerness for revenge against Fortunato, while Hamlet is hesitant to avenge his father’s death even after he learns that Claudius committed the murder. In addition, the motivation for revenge is different in the short story and the play; Montresor is motivated by the injury he’s suffered due to his friend’s insults, which is a motivation not as substantial as Hamlet’s, in the death of his father. Despite these differences, both Montresor and Hamlet are controlled by vengeance, though Hamlet is more thoughtful and reasonable, thus his life ends in honor. Works Cited Poe, Edgar Allan.
Of course, who could forget the famous ‘To be or not to be’ soliloquy, where Hamlet not only questions life and death, but many of life’s other uncertainties as well. Undoubtedly, the most essential theme in the development of Hamlet is revenge and question ‘Does revenge pay?’ Revenge is a frighteningly bloodthirsty emotion, which causes people to act blindly and without reason. Revenge is a theme that is cleverly built upon throughout the extent of the play; with it being the driving force behind two of the main characters in the play. The play is introduced by the appearance of the ghost of Hamlet’s father in the first scene, which automatically gives the impression that something is amiss. This is later clarified by the statement that “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” (Act1 Scene 4 Line 90).