Maybe Edgar Allan Poe has a unique style of writing because of his fondness for the weird, mysterious, and morbid. Whatever the reason, in all of his stories or poems he has the same goal to make his readers feel some kind of emotion. Some may be the sadness of a loved one’s death. In others, he may want to capture the horror of premeditated death. All in all, Poe’s style is characterized by his use of sound imagery, irony, and repeated elements.
With a premeditated motive to commit such an act, the culprit, Montressor, thinks, constructs and orchestrates a presumed murder against his insulter, Fortunado. “Poe begins by describing, in characteristically precise and logical detail, Montresor’s (and Poe’s) idea of perfect revenge. At the same time, he needed to end his story by telling how his revenge had affected him. When Fortunatosays, “For the love of god, Montresor!” and Montresor repeats, “Yes, for the love of God,” Poe is indicating that Montresor is already experiencing the closure he sought”(Delaney 39) Unbeknownst why he wants retribution, or what it is that his victim has done to compel Montressor to kill him. What is given is a recount of the night under discussion.
Accordingly, Poe is well responsive to this psychological trait of the human brain. Likewise, Poe employs the perception of perversity and remorse in “The Cask of Amontillado.” The reason of burying Fortunato is not only vengeance, but also a robust reaction that is described in “The Black Cat”. There is a passionate yearning in Montresor to hurt Fortunato even if he has not made any harm to him. Although Montresor asserts that he has been injured several times by Fortunato, he cannot defy calling him “respected, admired, beloved,” admitting his “good nature,” and also calling him “noble” (Little 212). These expressions confirmed that Fortunato is a good quality person and the expression “injuries” used in the first phase of the story is simply a hyperbole that Montresor’s psyche has fabricated. Furthermore, wickedness does not come unaccompanied, but it carries itself a sense of remorse. Even if Montresor reflects himself as the diplomat of his family for deafening down rivals, he suffers remorse while walling up Fortunato. Consequently, Poe’s clasp of unreasonableness and culpability of the human mind is
Although William L. Howarth stated that the characters in Poe’s works are undeveloped and inadequate, I believe that Poe is able to transform parts of himself into characters ad interpret a deeper meaning into the actions and behaviors of these characters. These abilities are illustrated in most of his characters. However, they are the most obvious in characters such as Lady Madeline and Roderick in “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Montresor and Fortunado in “The Cask of Amontillado,” and the raven in the famous poem, “The Raven.”
The reader suspects the "unfortunate fate", of Montresor’s friend Fortunato, from the very beginning. It is ironic that the opening setting of the story is at a carnival, where Fortunato, is dressed as a cheerful court jester. Montresor preys upon Fortunato’s state of drunkenness, and his love for wine, which Montresor uses to lure Fortunato into his gruesome death. At the start of the story, Montresor shows a keen interest in punishing Fortunato. However, how he was to carry out the plan is not revealed until the conclusion of the story when Fortunato is then incarcerated and left to die in the catacombs (Poe 3-10). Poe manages to connect two different elements into one; he connects human’s psyche with the environment into a story full with irony and cruelty as a result of desire for
Irony is also used throughout this tale. The use of revenge in this story shows irony. Montressor avenges himself by fooling Fortunato into literally walking into his own grave. Fortunato pursues the "cask" which ends up being his own casket. Montressor even asks Fortunato repeatedly whether he would like to turn back.
Edgar Allan Poe was an accomplished writer and one of the most unique poets of all time. He uses dreary, dark, menacing, controversial, upsetting, and suffering tones throughout his writing that express a more bleak side of life. Death, illness, and tragedy are the leading themes that Edgar Allan Poe uses in order to show readers his understanding of the more grotesque situations in life. He uses this in order to express his thoughts, experience, and opinions on things that are more desolate. He does this because the human condition is filled with good and bad stuff. He chose to be different than most writers of his time and explore the ugly to its fullest. He accomplishes this form of expression through language,
Although the themes of death and murder are the cornerstones of the majority of Poe’s writings, it is the variations of the narration that gives each story a different feel and mood. The difference of the narrators allows Poe to focus on different topics relating to death, in the short story The Cask of Amontillado the planning and the unkindness of Montresor is highlighted while for the short stories The Tell-Tale Heart and The Fall of the House of Usher the visual of insanity is highly stressed. The narrators make each of these stories unique and without them, many of Poe’s stories could be considered to be the same recipe but with different fixings.
If you look all of the information from a different standpoint, you would have to consider some of Poe’s other works. As already stated, Poe’s style of writing dealing with madness and death. The many kinds of Edgar Allan Poe’s works involve death, madness, and murder. Knowing this can enable a reader to grasp the tone in his story better. Our main character in "The Cask of Amontillado," Montresor can construe as an insane person or the super evil mastermind of it all.
Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809. His first book was published in 1827. In 1829 Al Aaraaf Tamerlane, and Minor Poems, Poe's second book was published. Poe became the editor of The Southern Literary Messenger in 1834 after his lawyer persuaded them to publish some of his stories and make him an editor. During this time his mark on American Literature began. Three of Poe's well-known stories are “The Cask of Amontillado”, which was published in 1846, “The Tell-Tale Heart, which was published in 1843, and “The Pit and the Pendulum”, which was published in 1842. In these three stories like most of Poe's stories they deal with the deep, dark, psychological side of the human brain. In Poe's short stories “The Cask of Amontillado”, “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Pit and the Pendulum”, Poe use three common motifs; death, fear or terror, and madness.