Edgar Allan Poe Foreshadowing Analysis

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Edgar Allan Poe was a very mysterious man and still is centuries after his death. Poe worked from a hard background, but still managed to contribute much to literature. Poe’s childhood was hard and so was the rest of his life, but he still gave the literary community new perspectives. To begin with, Poe’s childhood and school experience was very difficult and different shaping how he would grow up. In the article “Edgar Allan Poe”, it states’ “Before Poe was three years old both of his parents died, and he was raised in the home of John Allan, a prosperous exporter from Richmond, Virginia, who never legally adopted his foster son. As a boy, Poe attended the best schools available, and was admitted to the University of Virginia at Charlottesville…show more content…
Foreshadowing is when an author gives clues in the story so the reader can predict what will happen. Poe was a great example of an author using foreshadowing because he did it so well. A story that shows Poe using foreshadowing is “The Cask of Amontillado”. In “The Cask of Amontillado”, Edgar Allan Poe uses foreshadowing somewhat jokingly to show the reader that Fortunato is going to die. An example of this is when Montresor states, “I broke and reached him a flagon of De Grave” (Poe, 9). Poe is hinting that Fortunato is going to die by naming the wine De Grave. Which could be seen as a twisted joke because the wine is helping Montresor kill Fortunato. Another example is when Fortunato declares “Enough, he said the cough is a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough” (9). The reader knows that Montresor plans to kill Fortunato so they know that he will die just not from a cough. This can be perceived as funny in a morbid way. Poe uses a crude sense of humor to foreshadow the death of Fortunato in “The Cask of Amontillado”. Poe uses foreshadowing and helps the reader predict what is going to happen in the story also creating a lesson for English teachers to teach their
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