The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe

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In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” the narrator recalls an extremely significant time in his life, and takes the reader along with him. Throughout the story, one experiences a perfectly planned murder which took place over fifty years ago, and still no one has discovered what truly happened to poor Fortunato as he was chained to a wall in a room that was then closed off, and torched to death due to all the nitre in the walls. As the story goes on, the reader can see some of Poe’s unfortunate, and saddening life come through his work. By using psychological criticism to analyze the story, the reader can get a better idea of what the author intended to be understood, as well as obtain a better grasp on some of the different aspects of the story based on the biographical characteristics of this short story. Poe is known for his cruel and scary, yet carefully plotted and detailed short stories. Poe did not have a particularly good home life as his mother and wife both died of tuberculosis, which could have inspired many of the dark things he wrote. Poe also had a drinking problem and used some opium from time to time. Due to the loss of his mother, father, brother, and wife to tuberculosis, Poe turned to alcohol and became an alcoholic. Because of the many losses in his life, he might want revenge after so much has been taken from him. This can be seen in “The Cask of Amontillado” when Montressor says “… I must not only punish, but punish with impunity.” (6-7).
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