Through his writing, Poe directly attributes the narrator’s guilt to his inability to admit his illness and offers his obsession with imaginary events - The eye’s ability to see inside his soul and the sound of a beating heart- as plausible causes for the madness that plagues him. After reading the story, the audience is left wondering whether the guilt created the madness, or vice versa. The story opens with the narrator explaining his sanity after murdering his companion. By immediately presenting the reader with the textbook definition of an unreliable narrator, Poe attempts to distort his audience’s perceptions from the beginning. This point is further emphasized by his focus on the perceived nexus of madness; the eye.
Gargano on David Saliba’s research states, “Unable to escape from the imposed circumscription and confinement, the reader succumbs to the logic and plausibility of the appalling and circumstantial tale told by Poe or his narrator. Thus “stunned” into belief, the reader identifies with the victim’s anguish and, in turn becomes victimized” (6). The ploy of this motif draws the audience in causing them to empathize with Poe and/or the Narrator, whom will be expounded upon later in the analysis. Isolation may be the underlying aesthetic in the tale, yet it is not the only aesthetic utilized to horrify the audience. Atmosphere is a common focal point for Poe; “The Masque of the Red Death” is an exceptional example of this concept.
This makes it vital that the story be told with Montresor's thoughts known to the reader. The tale simply would not work if it were told from Fortunato's point of view, or from a dramatic/objective angle. An omniscient view would function, but by knowing only Montresor's thoughts the reader develops a trust in him, and this causes the story's theme to have a more personal effect on the reader. "A Cask of Amontillado" is replete with ironic statements and situations. Fortunato's very name is ironic given his horrific fate.
The story its self has a 2 rushed tone and you are held on the edge by the suspense that something dark could happen at anytime. There are hints throughout the storyline that give innuendos that there is revenge in the near future. The dreary tone of death looms in the air as the two characters interact with one another. Montresor, although he is all smiles in front of Fortunato, is planning the demise of his foe in his head. Fortuna mistreats Montresor and this is why he has such... ... middle of paper ... ...montillado", Edgar Allen Poe tells us two very different stories with a similar theme.
However, The Cask of Amontillado describes the protagonist’s grudge that leads to carrying out revenge without impunity. These short stories create an atmosphere of horror and build suspense by the use of setting, style, characters and actions. The first narrative, The Tell Tale Heart is set in a dark, confined room, creating an eerie atmosphere that conveys horror. “His room was as black as pitch with the thick darkness, (for the shutters were close fastened, through fear of robbers. )” The dictionary meaning of ‘pitch’ is stated as ‘a sticky resinous black or dark brown substance that is semiliquid when hot, hard when cold.’ This definition of ‘pitch’ gives visual and tactile imagery of the room, which increases the tension since readers have in their minds the visual conception of the dark and sticky room.
In “The Fall of the House of Usher”, Poe’s use of dark, descriptive words allow him to establish an eerie mood. Poe’s unique style of writing along with his foreshadowing vocabulary is significant in creating a suspenseful gothic story. At the beginning of the short story, Poe describes the House of Usher to be “dull”, “oppressive”, and “dreary” (1265). His choice of words strongly emphasizes a mood of darkness and suspense as he builds on the horrific aspects of this daunting tale. At first glimpse, the house itself is surrounded by the feeling of “insufferable gloom”, (1265) “[t]here was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart, an unredeemed dreariness of thought [...]” (1265).
The narrator of the story plays an integral part in the reader’s level of understanding. The main character shows his madness, as well as the unfolding of the plot of the story. Poe’s use of the first person to help connect the reader to the narrator of the story. Edgar Allen Poe’s tone of the story is delusional and uneasy. The tone is of an insane mind.
At the beginning of the story, Montresor tells us that he has vowed vengeance on Fortunato. Montresor also states "I must not only punish, but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done wrong." (Poe 673).
We the readers are exposed to the dramatic irony when we are shown Montresors plans for Fortunato. “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe is a story of revenge on the outside, but when on the inside, it is something deeper. His stories are dark and sometimes, like in “The Cask of Amontillado,” deadly. Poe’s main focus in “The Cask of Amontillado” is revenge, but if examined more closely, the irony that is present foreshadows the end result for Fortunato. In “The Cask of Amontillado” the Montresor is planning to seek revenge on Fortunato for “the thousand injuries.” The revenge results in the live burial of Fortunato, the actual reasoning is left a mystery, but this story goes to prove that things that one does can always come back ... ... middle of paper ... ...OHost.
In his short story, The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allen Poe produces a macabre tale about pride, revenge, and deception. The haunting tale is narrated by the vengeful Montresor who seeks to redress the wrong doing of his peer, Fortunato. He allows his pride to overtake his humanity and consequently lures Fortunato to his murderous death. His plan, “I must not only punish but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes it redresser.