Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's ' The Cask Of Amontillado '

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Edgar Allan Poe is an American author whose writing style, full of mysteries and macabre, has fascinated generations. However, his works are more than just thrillers and morbidities. The writings of this author often contain other themes such as companionship, family bonds, longing passion, and perhaps the strongest of these is revenge. “The Cask of Amontillado” and “Hop-Frog; or, The Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs” are two short stories that certainly demonstrate a recurring theme of revenge. Poe not only presents his signature pattern of cold fate in both works but also displays the struggle of a lower social class against the higher social class to the extent that it almost hints at a call for revolution. Vengeance, the idea of finally achieving savory retribution, is a large motivating factor in both of these two stories. Both of the main characters from the two stories achieve their long-sought revenge in their most desired, carefully planned manner. Poe does a great job at setting the mood, establishing motive, and building intensity in the story before revenge takes place. From the start of the short story “The Cask of Amontillado,” our protagonist and narrator immediately jumps into an explanation of his enemy’s sins against him, describing his motive and reasoning for seeking revenge upon a man named Fortunato; this is possibly the clearest sign that this story will be centered upon reprisal all the way through. Fortunato greets Montresor with “excessive warmth,”
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