In The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe vividly portrays a devious act of revenge. The narrator, Montresor, is quite upset that his friend, Fortunato, has insulted him numerous times. Montresor is determined to take revenge upon his comrade in a very precise manner, and the audience can only feel appalled by Montresor’s elaborate plan. At first, Montresor’s actions appear legitimate, but upon further detail, Montresor clearly appears to be insane. Montresor does not have a valid reason to murder Fortunato, he deceives and manipulates his friend the entire time, and he ultimately has no sense of guilt about Fortunato’s death. Montresor’s mentally deranged state of mind is inherently obvious throughout this story. Montresor’s insanity is first evident when he states that he had a “thousand injuries of Fortunato” which he had to bundle inside his heart (Poe 1238). After managing to restrain himself after a “thousand injuries,” Montresor “vow[s] [to take] revenge” (Poe 1238). However, Montresor does not give the reader a clear reason why he has to kill his friend, nor does he attempt to confer with Fortunato in order make amends. Montresor clearly has no interest to share his feelings with Fortunato or repair their relationship. All that Montresor is focused on is making sure his plan to kill Fortunato goes exactly right. Thus, the reader is left to explore Montresor’s true intent to murder his comrade. Montresor describes Fortunato as “a man to be respected and even feared” (Poe 1239). Here, the reader can infer that Montresor is extremely jealous of Fortunato. In addition, when Montresor arrives at the carnival, he notices that his friend has “a tight-fitting parti-striped dress” and a “conical cap and bells” (Poe 1239). It is evident that Fortunato is someone whom everyone wants to be around because he brings fun and excitement to the carnival, dressing as a fool. Thus, jealousy can be the only reason why Montresor wanted to kill Fortunato, but jealousy is never a good reason to kill anyone. Nevertheless, Montresor never admits to being jealous of Fortunato, nor does he give any justifiable reason to kill him. The only option left is for the reader to conclude that Montresor is truly crazy. In addition to having no legitimate reason to kill Fortunato, Montresor’s insanity can be observed by the way in which he deceives him. Montresor’s plan is so strategically organized that Fortunato does not have the slightest clue as to what is going on. Montresor happily greets his friend as they meet in the carnival, and knowing that Fortunato “pride[s] himself on his connoisseurship in wine,” offers him a drink (Poe 1239). Montresor manipulates Fortunato, knowing that he will never pass on an opportunity to taste some fine Amontillado. Also, Montresor sent his house servants to the carnival “to make merry,” and told them that they “should not return until the morning” (Poe 1240). This clever tactic allows Montresor to kill Fortunato with no witnesses around him. Upon entering the vaults, Fortunato starts coughing excessively because of the debris from the catacombs. Montresor “knock[s] off the neck of [another] bottle” and tells Fortunato to “drink” (Poe 1241). At a superficial glance, the reader may think that he wants to suppress Fortunato’s cough, but in reality, Montresor wants Fortunato to become exceedingly drunk. Deep into the vault, the two men discover a crypt and a recess within the fourth wall. Fortunato, now completely intoxicated, walks into the recess to find the Amontillado. Montresor then immediately chains his comrade to a rock and traps him inside, but Fortunato “[is]…
Edgar Allen Poe:
Sept. 31, 2013
Sept. 31, 2013
Edgar Allen Poe
Literature is a very diverse subject which constantly changes from century to century. The first American writers, in the years before the civil war, had the challenge of producing an original American literary form, content, and voice. They were creative when it came to expressing their emotions. Edgar Allen Poe was among…
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paper 5page Poe assignment
Assignment Sheet 1
Paper 5 pages Due April 7
Select one or more of the favorite themes or motifs of Edgar Allan Poe in his short
fictions. Then discuss examples of this (or these) themes in at least two (but more if you
wish) of the tales. Choose from the following stories:
The Black Cat
The Cask of Amontillado
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Gold Bug
The Imp of the Perverse…
shortly after beginning the presidency at the College of New Jersey (Princeton). He was the grandfather of Aaron Burr, third Vice President of the United States.
Thomas Paine- Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737 [O.S. January 29, 1736][Note 1][Note 2][Note 3] – June 8, 1809) was an English-American political activist, author, political theorist and revolutionary. As the author of two highly influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, he inspired the Patriots in 1776 to declare…
After I read the note I was mesmerized by it, I didn’t know what it meant. Immediately I went to that bottom drawer and saw what was in it, there was a museum entrance to the Smithsonian; I wonder if I should go there and just check it out, I’m sure Obama, my predecessor and now ex-president of the U.S., is just making me a prank for my first day as president.
On the way to the museum I started reading the newspaper. It said that Dan Brown had made yet another book on the Illuminati’s plans and…
written by Edgar Allan Poe “Ligeia” and “The Masque of Red Death” are deep and longing thoughts that parallel to his life. They both have a psychological depth of counseling to himself for himself. “Ligeia” forms that which Poe yearns for and what he wants but what he can’t have. “The Masque of Red Death” is what has really happened but also what he didn’t want. Both stories are coping mechanisms to help Poe reach a sense of peace of the mind for the deaths that loom around him. Edgar Allan Poe’s short…
this eras partakers there were a few that stood out amongst them all.
Artist such as Washington Irving, William Cullen Bryant, Emily Dickinson, The Fireside Poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the infamous American poet Edgar Allen Poe.
Irving was the only author amongst the bunch and wrote a collection of pieces which eventually led to the creation of THE SKETCH BOOK, which had included other popular titles such as RIP VAN WINKLE and THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW.
6 November 2013
Discussion Reflection of Annabel Lee
Section One: Discussion Lens and Patterns Recap
Today we did a close reading to a poem called Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe. First, we read through the poem and everyone summarized it and we had a little discussion about it. Then, we read it over again but looking for setting. Ms. Lister told us to read over the poem again out loud. We had a discussion about the setting, the kingdom by the sea. We came up with a lot…
Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven"
Poe's "The Raven" is not only an American classic, it's a favorite of high school students around the world, as well as their teachers. That being said, it's still poetry and therefore can be difficult to understand. Read this summary to review the contents and get a better understanding.
* Stanzas: 1-2
Make everyone in class think you're really smart when you bust out everything you've learned in this summary:
Stanza 1: It's late. The poem's speaker is tired…
depths of the catacombs beneath Montresor’s palazzo, one sees that Fortunato’s fortune is soon to run dry. In “The Cask of Amontillado”, Edgar Allen Poe masterfully combines the elements of fiction; yet his use of irony, symbolism and theme stand out among the rest, intertwining to create a captivating but chilling story of horror and revenge.
Throughout the story, Poe utilizes irony to drive suspense and foreshadow the coming fate of Fortunato, in addition to emphasizing the ominous tone. Montresor’s…
Analysis of “Alone”
Edgar Allan Poe's poem “Alone” is a stunning deception of the inward depression its author felt, it was written in 1829; making it one of the first of Poe's poems. Themes of loneliness and isolation come through the poem as Poe is successful in conveying a sense of heaviness in mood and attitude. The prosody of the poem helps effectively express the darkness within Poe, while maintaining a dark and heavy rhythm. The symbolism he included…