Analysis Of Edgar Allen Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado

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Edgar Allen Poe has produced countless pieces of literature, his use of odd narrators to tell the most bizarre stories are unparalleled. Edgar Allen Poe is most well-known for somber tales and horror short stories. Some of his stories are alike in many aspects and complement each other very well. The narrators of "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Black Cat" both display inhumane acts to persons and animals through horrific acts. In "The Cask of Amontillado", Montresor is the character who tells the tale. He starts by describing how he was betrayed by an associate, "The thousands of injuries of Fortunato he has borne as he best could; but when he ventures upon insult, Montresor vows revenge" (Poe 528). As the story unfolds, Montresor 's…show more content…
By the time he gets to the bottom of the catacombs, Fortunato is well intoxicated just as intended. Montresor already has hooks and chains in the wall where he is going to trap Fortunato. Montresor states, "he has fettered him to the granite" (Poe 530). We think Montresor will leave Fortunato to die an inescapable death since Fortunato is bound. As Fortunato’s wine wears off, Montresor continues building. He never reflects upon the consequences of his actions, as he may have already delved deeper into insanity. Montresor is so determined to make this murder a complete success that he makes the wall look like the rest of the walls in the catacombs. "Against new masonry he re-erects the old rampart of bones" (Poe 531). He does this as to not raise any suspicion towards his actions or placate any scrutiny. Madness and insanity is the highlight in this story, there is a very superficial reason as to the death of Fortunato. These are the same characteristics of a psychopath killer. No reason besides what the psychopath believes is right. This leads into the next story by Edgar Allen…show more content…
Like Montresor, the Narrator is a character who dove head first into insanity. A series of unfortunate events caused him to lose his mind. "In their consequences, these events terrifies, tortures, and destroys the Narrator" (Poe 522). The Narrator is married and has pets. "They have birds, gold-fish, a fine dog, rabbits, a small monkey, and a cat" (Poe 522). The cat 's name is Pluto, just like Fortunato is Montresor 's friend, Pluto is considered the Narrator 's friend. In "The Black Cat" the Narrator is an alcoholic unlike in "The Cask of Amontillado" the enemy is the alcoholic. The reason for this is to highlight the downfall of mankind, how their vices could possibly end their existence. Alcohol helped aid Montressor’s murder while alcohol aided the narrator in “The Black Cat” to delve deep into
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