The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Alan Poe

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Edgar Alan Poe 's short story "The Cask of Amontillado" is the typical example on how revenge can cause a man to murder without a conscious. This shouldn’t be anything new to someone is versed in Edgar Alan Po’s literature because he is best known for his tales of mystery and macabre. Merriam-Webster definition of Macabre can be described as, “having death as a subject: comprising or including a personalized representation of death ”. It can be said the character Monstresor has revenge saturating in his head, causing him to plot how he would kill Fortunato. There are indications that some ideas from Sigmund Freud can be seen throughout this short story. Sigmund Freud is the founder of psychoanalysis and the psychodynamic approach to…show more content…
It should be stated that this concept as drawn criticism from other theorist but nonetheless, Freud’s model has led to many advances in the field of psychology. This theory divides the mind into three structures which are the “id,” “ego,” and the “superego.” The “id” can consist of humanity’s most primitive desires to satisfy its biological needs unconsciously. Superego, which is also unconscious, contains the socially-induced conscience and counteracts the id with moral and ethical prohibitions. Then you have conscious ego which is the mediator between the two. A conscious mind is what someone is aware of at any given moment. For example, it is made aware to the readers that Fortunato had been drinking when Monstresor seen him at the carnival. It stated. “It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season, that I encountered my friend. He accosted me with excessive warmth, for he had been drinking much (Poe, 2008).” Then you have the preconscious which is “part of the mind below the threshold of immediate conscious awareness, from which memories and emotions that have not been repressed can be brought into the conscious field (psychoanalysis, 2o15).” It is also described as available memory and something can be easily remembered such rules. For Monstresor, his preconscious knew that a man like Fortunato would never pass up an opportunity to
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