The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe

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Is there anything that someone could do to you that would cause you to commit murder? Could you get away with it? Montresor is the murderous narrator who has committed the perfect murder in just such a tale, “The Cask of Amontillado.” Montresor plots and kills an unwary friend/foe during carnival time for motives that are unclear. The author of this tale, Edgar Allan Poe, influenced by his somewhat tragic life and one of the most influential Gothic writers, uses symbolism and irony to show the multitude of complicated motives of the narrator in his famous horror story. Upon examining Edgar Allan Poe’s life, one is not surprised that he chooses to write such gloomy and sinister stories. Poe’s life is far from happy and nurturing. According…show more content…
Gothic literature also focuses on psychological aspects, such as insanity and irrationality (Gothic Literature 282). In Poe’s horror story, the readers are left to figure out if Montresor is insane and irrational in his plans to murder Fortunato. Poe’s writings of psychological horror, in particularly “The Cask of Amontillado,” has influenced many types of works: other stories, television, film, music, and even computer/board games which are mentioned on the authorless website www.thecastofamontillado.info/index.html. The same buried alive plot can be seen in stories such as Stephen King’s “Dolan’s Cadillac,” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Lost Catacomb,” and Ray Bradbury’s “Usher II” (thecastofamontillado 3). James Thurber’s “The Catbird Seat” has the same motive for revenge as a result of an insult (thecastofamontillado 3). John Morressy’s “The Resurrection of Fortunato” is a sequel to Poe’s short story about the escape of Fortunato from the sealed tomb (thecastofamontillado 3). Being buried alive and references to Poe’s “The Cast of Amontillado” are parts of television episodes of Angel, Ren and Stimpy, The Simpsons, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and two movies Buried Alive (thecastofamontillado 4). Poe’s characters, Montresor and Fortunato, are mentioned in episodes of Homocide: Life on the Street and Neon Genesis Evangelion (thecastofamontillado 4). Two songs that describe entombing a person are Toby Keith’s “A Little Too Late” and Rammstein’s
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