The narrator then goes on to intricately describe his murder of an old man in the heart of the night. In the beginning of the story, the narrator states that he had no tangible motives to murder the old man, and then explains w... ... middle of paper ... ...er in “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” with the same technique. Both of these authors were deliberate and thoughtful with the inclusion of this hamartia, intending for it to first cause unease and discomfort, then deliver a resonating emotional impact upon the reader. As readers, we immerse ourselves in the mind of the character, and Gothic writers Poe and O’Connor exploit this tendency by poisoning the character’s mind with hamartias, and thereby, with failure before the start of the story, thus inevitably poisoning the reader’s mind and setting him en route for empathetic emotional damage. The character does not develop this hamartia as the story progresses, but is plagued with it upon existence in the story – it is a programmed failure by design of the author that leaves the reader whole-heartedly surrendered, looking upwards desperately for any chance of salvation.
The idea of people walking after their believed death is very extreme thinking in a world that seems normal. The writing style of Edgar Allan Poe shows the writer to be of a dark nature. In this story, he focuses on his fascination of being buried alive. He quotes, “To be buried alive is, beyond question, the most terrific of these [ghastly] extremes which has ever fallen to the lot of mere mortality.” page 58 paragraph 3. The dark nature is reflected in this quote, showing the supernatural side of Poe which is reflected in his writing and is also a characteristic of Romanticism.
Poe used the tragic premature endings of his family members as inspiration to write his trademark literature, lengthy eloquent works revolving around fatality. It is atypical for one of his stories to not mention death in one way or another. In each of his stories, Poe talks about death in a different way. In two of his most famous works, “The Tell-Tale Heat” and “The Pit and Pendulum”, both of the main characters act differently towards death. By adding variety to his characters’ reactions, Poe shows the reader that while death is universal, the way each person deals with it is unique.
William Shakespeare once said “Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.¬” In both Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Edgar Allan Poe`s The Tell-Tale Heart the main characters have an inevitable drive--a compulsion--to murder. The elements of the stories suggest that Poe had Shakespeare`s era of writing in mind when he was writing The Tell-Tale Heart. There are many similarities in these stories, from the lack of passion in the murders to the use of crickets to mask the sound. Where there are similarities there are differences, in this case in the resemblance of blood, one murder sees imaginary stains, while the other sees no evidence of his crime. Both men try to rationalize what they did with kindness, but in the end guilt and hallucinations get the best of them.
The stories explain his focus on exactly how fixated behavior has a negative concern on narrator or central character in finding death and fear that manipulates their life by the end of each story like in the short stories The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher, and The Cask of Amontillado. The point of view in Poe’s short stories are in first person narrative as explained in the article Poe's Fiction: The Hypnotic Magic of the Senses By Walter Shear, where “the first-person narrator as observer-reporter rather than experiencer lets the telling center on Roderick and his particular symptoms” (Shear).Often the narrator is nameless and to be level headed, however, by the end of the stories the narrator has completely lost touch with his inner normal self. These short stories are great examples of a motive of obsessive behavior leading them to death and fear because of their actions throughout the story line. Poe’s theory of d... ... middle of paper ... ...him. The differences between the narrators in the short stories The Cask of Amontillado, The Fall of the House of Usher, and The Tell-Tale Heart makes each story truly unique and gives a different tone to each story.
The ghost created mystery for the audience, spawns the chain of death and treachery in Denmark, causes characters to question the death of their former king, and makes the metaphysics of the play dark. The ghost says nothing despite the valiant efforts on the parts of Horatio, Marcellus, and Bernardo. Suspense is created when the audience is ignorant as to the purpose of the ghost. Later in the play the ghost is utilized to allow Hamlet and the audience knowledge of the vile murder of the king by Claudius, the kings own brother. When the ghost finally speaks, he tells Hamlet, “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.
These two poems of Dickinson depict the different ideas of death, even by the author herself. The contradicting views on death are illustrated through different uses of literary techniques and storytelling. Every alliteration, every allusion, each diction style, takes the reader on a downward spiral, whether that is into the ether or into the cold depths of insanity, Dickinson’s writing is a pathway. Each poem tells of a different path, and the poet invites the reader to decide which path, which meaning of death defines the reader.
Instead of a sincere condolence to Fortunato’s death, this line hints at Montresor’s pride in killing him. Although he succeeded in killing Fortunato to amend the injustices, the narrator remains fixated on the event. This suggests an attachment, or obsession, that leaves the conflict unresolved. By exploring how various obsessions can overtake the psyche, The Cask of Amontillado takes an unclear position on its murderous plot. The reader can sympathize with the murderer, both Montresor and Fortunato have the same vice, and the entombment does not finalize the conflict.
The narrator, Montresor wants to not only get away with killing his rival, but he wants to do so in a way that prevents the man from knowing of the narrator’s cruel ... ... middle of paper ... ...the points mentioned if one was to go back to the question is there a deeper, darker meaning to Poe’s fiction “The Cask of Amontillado”? It would be hard to argue no when the very characters in the story are walking, talking personifications of these characteristics. These people represent the worst in humanity, engaging in murder, betrayal, and many other heinous things. In fact, one could even suggest that Poe seeing these things in everyday society is what inspired him to write this tale. Maybe a wrong was done to him that went unjust, and this story is just his fantasy of getting revenge on that person.
Finally, the insane Montresor tried to pull the perfect crime but fails; he does not pull the perfect crime, he fails his goal when he realizes he is doing a bad thing. In Edgar Allen Poe’s tale, the setting of Montresor’s catacombs provides Montresor with a place where he can kill Fortunato with almost no evidence on who killed him, helping his attempt at making the perfect crime. The catacombs in “The Cask of Amontillado” are old with spider webs as well as “long walls of piled skeletons, with casks and puncheons intermingling, into the inmost rec...