`` Cask Of Amontillado `` By Edgar Allen Poe

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Edgar Allen Poe was a writer who sculpted every detail to create his desired “theme”. His short stories are mostly representing the murder of a character. The murderer, who is the narrator, explains the plan for the murder. The narrator destroys the humans around him through his destructive mind. The reason for the murder is revenge and hatred. In “Cask of Amontillado” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” Poe utilized “unreliable narrators,” he even created similarities between murder and victim to establish the theme of self- destruction. In “Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor destroys himself with repression. In “The tell-tale heart” the narrator battles with his subconscious mind. In “Hop Frog” the narrator sacrifices his humanity. All of the…show more content…
Montresor cannot be trusted for he is not even aware of his own actions. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” the narrator is portrayed as a mad man. Although, he claims “Why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses-not destroyed-not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, them, am I mad?” (Schilb 1245). The narrator is constantly concerned about proving his sanity but this only strengthens the evidence of his insanity. The acuteness of his senses is something that he is utilizing to defend his sanity. However, his sense of sight leads to his hatred towards the old man “pale blue eye”, which is madness. His sense of hearing is something that develops as clear evidence of his insanity. “The ever-louder heartbeats heard by the criminal, are they, as he says, the sound of the beating of old man’s heart, that old man whose corpse has been dismembered and concealed under the planking in the room? Certainly not-on the plane of realistic and objective fact. It is the “hideous heart” of the criminal himself which he hears” (Quinn 10). The narrator is indeed insane for he does not even recognize his own heartbeat. Poe‘s audience has to analyze his characters; not just follow the narrator’s thought; “he [Poe] does not require or desire complete surrender to the experience of
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