Edgar Allan Poe Essay examples

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The Cask Of Amontillado

Edgar Allan Poe was a literary genius with a dark mind and imagination that made stories that are known for thier atmosphere of horror. Some revolved around death and others around revenge, or in "The Cask Of Amontillado" , the story revolves around both. In Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Cask Of Amontillado", Poe Effectively uses verbal and dramatic irony to make the reader believe the narrator Montressor , who is in reality a very sneaky, devious man.

Poe uses the motif of carnival setting which is a happy time where everyone has fun and enjoys what they are doing, to hide that something bad is going to happen. Fortunato doesn't realize that something horrible is taking place,but Montressor does. Fortunato is dressed in a clown suite and bells (like a old jester suit). When the bells ring it takes the reader back to the carnival setting and to happy times.

Fortunato is dressed in a parti-stripped dress, and a conical cap with bells on it. Montressor approaches fortunato and says, "My dear friend", you are luckily met. How remarkably well you are looking today!" But what he really means is "Hello my enemy, problem making, drunken man , how foolish you look today." Montressor uses the word "friend" often in the story. But he never means it. In the back of his mind he is always thinking enemy, not friend.

Montressor then lures Fortunato in by telling him about the cask of Amontillado and Luchesi, another wine connoisseur. Fortunato then feels the need to prove that he is better than Montressor, and request to be taken to the Amontillado.

When Montressor arrives at the house with Fortunato, they venture down the stairs to the catacombs where the Amontillado is. Out of deceit, Montresor tells Fortunato to be cautious. As two of them approached the catacombs , Fortunato starts caughing because