The Cask Of Amontillado, By Edgar Allan Poe

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The purpose of the short stories “The Cask of Amontillado”, “El Tonto del Barrio”, and “Cathedral” is to explore the concepts of prominence in religion driven by symbolism, characterization, and theme used to manipulated the reader’s analytical views. Christianity plays an imperative role on all three short stories by the author’s through their descriptive scenarios symbolizing a religious ideology. Edgar Allan Poe’s use of religion as a hidden message in “The Cask of Amontillado” is portrayed through the ambiance developed in and the characters symbolism compared to Christianity and Freemasonry. In comparison, “Cathedral” exposes Christian principles shown in the beginning through the title and the symbolism behind the characters description. On the other hand, “El Tonto del Barrio” unveils the principles of Christianity via the theme of greed. Thus, all of the three short stories have a deeper meaning directed towards a religious audience that can capture the symbolism behind the story. As a writer of mysterious and gruesome tales, Edgar Allan Poe incorporated in his literature his understanding or position of heaven and hell. For example, in “The Cask of Amontillado”, Poe connects religion with a horror fiction short story of revenge and guilt between two characters, Montresor and Fortunato. Hence, Poe decides to have the short story centered on a first person point of view directed towards either God, the devil, or a priest by stating, “You, who so well know the nature
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