The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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To some of the most fanatic and most creative Poe fans the question may arise: could I reproduce the great Edgar’s works? And if the answer is yes, then how? We might assume that Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most recognizable authors and poets not only of his age but of the whole modern literature, but still we would face numerous difficulties in trying to imitate his writing. Also, placing him into a certain style or literary movement would give us some really tough hours. Poe can be considered either a Romantic or Gothic writer but we could find a number of arguments and counterarguments for this matter. Poe, in fact, reinterpreted the whole Gothic horror style and created a unique, distinct brew of Gothic fiction, Romanticism and his…show more content…
In the case of traditional Gothic stories, the horror films Frankenstein, Night of the Living Dead or A Nightmare on Elm Street pop into my mind. Edgar Allan Poe was much more into the psychological aspects of murder and terror: it is not the setting or a scary monster, but the narrator’s loony and homicidal mind that gives us goosebumps. In A Cask of Amontillado, our narrator and murderer, Montesor seemingly never goes mad, he commits the crime totally willfully, but he does not show any signs of having gone nuts. Well, of course, we couldn’t call a man, who buries his ’friend’ alive, completely reasonable and sensible. The penultimate sentence („For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them”), however, tells me how deeply affected his mind is by this deed and the remorse, as he is still thinking (in fact writing) about this plot that happened half a century ago. I reckon that despite the calmness Montresor shows, he has been haunted by these thoughts ever since he left his friend to fate. In The Tell-Tale Heart we meet an unnamed narrator, a complete lunatic with a knack for murder. While Montresor at least had a motive for the murder (Fortunato’s constant insults), our loony in The Tell-Tale Heart has none. Our assassin shows a clear aberration for the old man’s ’vulture-eye’ but still he cannot name any lucid reason to kill the man. „Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved
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