Reverse Psychology In Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado

analytical Essay
1348 words
1348 words

The Case of Amontallido
In a psychological perspective, the author’s life is linked with the behavior and motivations of characters in the story. The author’s name is Edgar Allan’s Poe who portrayed his self in his writing. The miserable life of Poe can be measured through “The Cask of Amontillado” in which character named “Montressor” showed indifferent feeling towards his victim. After burying Fortunado alive, Montressor felt bad after burying his victim alive but then he attributes the feeling of guilt to the damp catacombs. To the character and to the author, it seems that ghastly nature murder and the immoral approach of treachery is merely an element of reality. This story is a true representation of author’s anguish and torment nature. …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how 's life is linked with the behavior and motivations of characters in the story. the miserable life of poe can be measured through "the cask of amontillado."
  • Analyzes how the character of montressor was so engrossed in the thought of taking revenge from his victim that he did not even define the precise reason behind his revenge.
  • Analyzes how poe employs the perception of perversity and remorse in "the cask of amontillado."
  • Analyzes poe's mental instability through the characters portrayed in the story. the narrator becomes hostile and jealous towards his victim.
  • Analyzes how poe utilizes first-person verdict in describing his stories because he can sense the shady side in people's minds due to his own understanding.
  • Analyzes how poe investigates the human psyche and takes out the notion of reverse psychology in "the cask of amontillado."

Poe, at a duo of times in the story, demonstrates how a human being can achieve something from someone without even demanding for it. An example of reverse psychology in “The Cask of Amontillado” is when Montresor asks Fortunato to experience Amontillado, but at the same time says,“…I will not impose upon you good nature. I perceive you have an engagement…” in the same way, when Fortunato coughs due to the nitre walls, Montresor uses reverse psychology and says, “Come,… we will go back; your health is precious… We will go back; you will be ill and I cannot be responsible. Besides, there is Luchresi -” …show more content…

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

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