The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe was a great writer of many poems and short stories. Poe’s works mainly focused on horror and death. This could be due to the many deaths and hardships he has faced in his life time. Poe lived a short life of only forty years but works such as “The Cask of Amontillado”, The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, and “The Raven” made him a well-known writer. According to the Poe Museum he was seen as a morbid and mysterious man in the public eye thanks to Rufus Griswold who wrote Poe’s obituary after his death. In the “Cask of Amontillado” Poe focuses on revenge and how well someone can be killed without ever being found. Montresor seeks revenge on Fortunato but the revenge itself is death. Death was seen as the ultimate revenge for an insult. The way Fortunato was killed is in fact a horrific way, being changed to a wall and left to die. Fortunato was lead to his death by a man he thought was his friend. Montresor greeted Fortunato as any gentleman would do “My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met.”) By doing this there is not a clue that he will be killed. The way Montresor greets and treats Fortunato shows how dark and evil Montresor thinks. He seeks to kill a man who insulted him, instead of taking care of it like a gentleman. This kind of thinking is of an evil and dark man. How can someone plot to kill someone and treat them as if nothing is wrong? Poe uses this to keep the story interesting and keeping the reader on edge. At the beginning of the story one

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