THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO The short story by Edgar Allen Poe contains various critics in terms of its design and preciseness has over the years critically analyzed “The Cask of Amontillado.” In this paper, it will look at a critical review that was provided by Thomas Olive Mabbot from the Carlson University of Connecticut. He mainly focusses on the irony that is in the story to provide his analytical view in regards to this story (Sova 45). The irony in this story begins in the first line of the opening sentence whereby it is quoted as; ‘The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge (218).’ This is quite ironical because in reality, people are more accustomed to hearing things such as, ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.’ However, in this case, the narrator states the opposite that the physical injuries that he has endured over the years, from Fortunato did not bother him, that he could bear them. What he could not bear was the insults of his family name by Fortunato. This is what made him swear revenge in regards to the issue at hand (Poe 144-148).
The Cask of Amontillado, a historical fiction short story written by Edgar Allan Poe, accommodates many instances of irony. A critical moment containing dramatic irony occurs when Fortunato and Montresor are traveling in the catacombs searching for the cask. As the men make their way towards the Amontillado, Fortunato asks about the Montresor family and has to be reminded of the Montresor family arms. Montresor kindly responds and describes the arms as “a huge human foot d’or” (Poe 3). The character also portrays the family motto, “Nemo me impune lacessit,” (Poe 3) which translates to “No one can attack me without being punished.” The motto gives the reader foresight into the following events as well as refocusing on the prior explanation of
Poe vs Hawthorne According to the online Oxford English Dictionary, romanticism is defined as “a movement in the arts and literature which originated in the late 18th century, emphasizing inspiration, subjectivity, and the primacy of the individual.” Romanticism can also be described as writing that finds it’s inspiration from nature. It focuses on emotions with more of a deeper and darker feel to it. Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne are two talented Romanticism writers. Edgar Allen Poe wrote “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote “The Minister’s Black Veil.” Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne do share similarities such as their use of symbolism and imagery. Both writers also possess many writing characteristics that individualizes the two from each other, for instance, their philosophical beliefs/personalities.
Irony Essay: The Cask of Amontillado Irony can bring a lot to the big table of the essence of a story. In “The Cask of Amontillado”, the work of classic American author Edgar Allan Poe, irony is being used to further express the dark essence of the story being told. It is a story of a man named Montressor, who holds a murderous grudge against a renowned connoisseur of fine wine that he calls his friend. The story explains the progress of Montresor's plan to kill or punish Fortunato. The reason for the hatred, however, is not known at all.
Hashmat Shah NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE AS “YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN” Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1804. He was born in the dark times of the Salem witch trials, in which his ancestors were involved in and were one of the first colonists. “Nathaniel Hawthorne 's short stories include "My Kinsman, Major Molineux" (1832), "Roger Malvin 's Burial" (1832), "Young Goodman Brown" (1835), and the collection Twice-Told Tales. He is best known for his novels The Scarlet Letter (1850) and The House of the Seven Gables (1851). His use of allegory and symbolism make Hawthorne one of the most studied writers.
Tell-Tale Heart Edgar Allan Poe was an American poet, novelist and literary critic. Poe is best known for his horror stories, mystery and rare adventures such as his famous tale The tell-tale Heart. He was also considered to have contributed to the emerging science fiction genre. He was born January 19, 1809 and died October 7, 1849. Tell-Tale Heart is a story told from a third person perspective.
“The Fall of the House of Usher,” a gothic fiction short story written by Edgar Allan Poe, is pervaded by multiple examples of post-structuralist philosopher Jacques Derrida’s philosophy of trace. A close examination of the narrative reveals a distinct trace between incestual conception and the current condition of the Usher siblings through the physical and mental hinders which oppress them; a relationship between the occupants of the Usher estate and the trace of themselves which they inflict on the outside of it; and the traces of the author’s personal life within the storyline through the motif of live entombment. Articulated by philosopher Jacques Derrida, the philosophy of trace identifies the relationship between the absent and the presence
In many stories and poems; such as the Tell Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Raven, Annabel Lee, The House of Usher, and so many more timeless works, Edgar Allan Poe has been captivating his audiences with spine tingling thrillers through the words and style of his own twisted ways. The only way to describe where Poe’s writing belongs in history, would be classified as gothic genre. From the start of the 1800’s to present day and the future of literature, through irony, repetition, imagery, and symbolism Poe has been bewitching readers with his gore and insane writings. Poe’s life inspired so many of his poems, from focusing on taboo topics, such as death, revenge, love and loss. Poe’s life was painful and heartbreaking that it’s
Originating in France, ‘The Necklace’ is a short story written by French writer Guy de Maupassant in the late nineteenth century, the period where literary movements realism and naturalism dominated French fiction. Maupassant played an important role in both the realist movement and the naturalist movement through his depiction of the setting as well as the character’s decision. The short story reflects upon the rigid patriarchal society during the late nineteenth century, demonstrating how the wealth of a person can lead to their generosity and greed; thus affecting their lifestyles. Through ‘The Necklace’, Maupassant aims to depict the conflicts between the upper-class and the lower class, how their inner desires vary. This essay will analyze ‘The Necklace’ and how Maupassant uses the social context, characters and literary devices in the short story to illustrate his misogynistic viewpoints towards women.
The Gothic Novel is considered as an appearance of the late 18th and early 19th century, culminating in Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, first published in 1818. Ideas of that time period surfaced in fictional prose and thus influenced the Gothic Revival at the end of the century, including works such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1887) as well as Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). The conception of duality in fictional prose has been a repetitive motif throughout literary history. This double may manifest in form of evil doppelgängers and hence, it reveals the shadow selves of the human kind. Along with the establishment of psychology as science, the literary double represents a completely new way of thinking.