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).
Stories have always been a key part of cultures throughout time. In the last hundred and fifty years, some of today’s more influential writers published their works. Two famous writers, Kate Chopin and James Joyce, lived close to each other’s time. Chopin’s short story “Story of an Hour” has become a staple in humanity and literature courses. James Joyce, who is better known for his work Ulysses, wrote one short story titled “The Boarding House”, is also a brilliant piece of work.
Neal Shusterman used the countless events of his lifetime to come up with some of the main ideas in Unwind, as seen with the heartland war, the civil rights of the characters in the novel, and the living conditions some characters had growing up. One of the main ideas in Unwind is the heartland war. When reading this book, time and time again the heartland war comes up. Clearly
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In the twenties, it appears in the literary life of the United States some of the most renowned writers in fiction, drama and poetry. These writers were known as the “Lost Generation”, a generation whose name rises up as a consequence of leaving their homeland and settle a new life in Europe, and due to the attitude they assumed against wealth, opulence and materialism of the society, after the World War I and until the crack of 29. Among them are John Dos Passos,William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby is a novel written in 1925 by the American author, Scott Fitzgerald, who is regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. The novel is set in United States in the twenties.
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Writers are ghosts that influenced the future while living in the past. Many great writers had a great influence on people in the past, present and future. Two of the greatest in the west and the east were Edgar Allan Poe and Najeeb Mahfouz. Two of their phenomenal books are Hekayat Haritna (Naguib Mahfouz) and The Cask of Amontillado (Edgar Allan Poe). Edgar was born in America in 1809 and Najeeb was born in Cairo in 1911.
Many of the books we read today always contain some backstory to it. Whether it was just for fun or informational about an important topic or event. Many of these stories somehow or someway tie into an author 's life. Edgar Allan Poe is just one of these authors who have written works like The Cask of Amontillado, and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Another author is S.E. Hinton which wrote the book The Outsiders and a Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel who wrote Night.