Edgar Allan Poe 's The Cask Of Amontillado

2043 WordsApr 21, 20169 Pages
My tentative thesis states that Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” is the single most perfect short story through a number of masterful techniques in order to drive home the point that the whole story is a confession to his priest in his dying hour. In order to help prove this, I attempted to gather articles mentioning religious imagery within this piece as well as other Poe works and looked into biographical information so as to have a number of sources from which to choose. The first set of sources I chose from focused primarily upon “The Cask of Amontillado” itself - whether digging through religious imagery or decoding it in general. The first source, “Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado” by Nathan Cervo, talks about hidden meanings in Poe’s stories, very specifically Montresor’s family motto. He opens this piece with, “Although a good deal of attention has been paid to hidden meanings in Poe, the motto ‘Nemo me impune lacessit’ (No one wounds me with impunity), which appears in "The Cask of Amontillado," has not been identified within its proper structural perspective.” (Cervo, 155-156) This definitely supports the hidden meanings in “Cask of Amontillado,” which are the final paper’s primary focus (hidden meanings, not this saying). He then explains the meaning of this saying, referring to the foot stepping on a snake to its own destruction. (Cervo, 156) Cervo then talks about the structure of the story itself leading to Fortunato’s untimely end. The point is that
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