Themes Of ' The Cask Of The Amontillado '

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Eyad Daoud Alyson Dickerman ENG-102-18 February 25, 2015 Themes of A.S. Byatt and Poe In the stories “The Cask of The Amontillado” and “The Thing in The Forest”, the themes loss, madness, and fear were used. They both seem to start with some type of loss and end with a type of madness. In both stories Montresor and Penny from “The Thing in The Forest” have lost something affecting their lives greatly. These losses put these characters in some type of state of madness. Their loss make these stories, they are the most important because without them, there wouldn’t be a story. Montresor is known for his name, he was once really wealthy and with not a whole lot left Montresor really has nothing. When Fortunato “insults” Montresor, though nothing in Fortunato’s mind, Montresor did not take this insult lightly as he would not accept an insult to his name without doing something about it. Montresor also was almost jealousy of Fortunato, he feared this person who became wealthy of his wife is going to take his place, now in the same social circle and wealth, Montresor wasn’t having it. Penny fears the past which is coming back to haunt her in a way. Her childhood experience in leaving on her own to a safer place to avoid war. Penny’s fear caused her to make up a girl who was almost exactly like her in her mind. Seeing her even 40 years later after all this was over, which was a type of madness. Montresor’s fear affected him so much that he wanted revenge on Fortunato and to

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