Literary Analysis Of ' The Cask Of Cask ' Essay

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Literary Analysis on the Cask of Amontillado
In the Cask of Amontilado, Poe uses pride as a theme to explain the reasons for murder. Pride will push a person to the extremes and that has been proven many times throughout history and even now. Pride just recently made a man kill a teenager. They were in a fight and because the teen won the fight others laughed at the man and made fun of him, he shot the teen in the chest and he died. An example of pride driving one to murder is depicted in the Cask of Amontillado. Pride is good but it can also prevent from seeing the harmful obstacles in front of you and can lead the death of Fortunato. Poe shows pride as a motive for murder through Montresor’s deception, premeditation, and ironic literary devices.
Edgar Allen Poe of Boston Massachusetts was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is considered the inventor of detective fiction genre and credited the genre of science fiction as well. In November 1846 Poe published a short story “The Cask of Amontillado”. The story involves two men, Montresor, the man telling the story that came from a great but old family and Fortunato, a strong man who was feared but had a great weakness which was wine.
The story takes place in an unnamed European city. Fortunato has hurt Montresor a thousand times and laughed at his name and Montresor has had enough and is seeking revenge because a man will go to the extreme to protect his pride. He told no one because he didn’t want to suffer…

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