Cask of Amontillado Short Story Analysis

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Jake Ryan Mr. Lynch ENC102 February 9, 2015 The Cask of Amontillado Literary Analysis “The Cask of Amontillado,” a thrilling and dark tale with underlying and discreet truths about not only the story itself but about revenge in the world humans pretend to prosper in. Deep within musky catacombs a unique and somewhat disturbing event takes place between two men who have a hidden rival between each other yet hide their emotion behind bedazzled hats and sparkling wines. The rivalry between the two is far from simple, they disguise hatred behind complements such as “How remarkably well you are looking to-day” (101) that the reader can almost hear the sarcastic tone crying from the pages. Not only are truths hidden from the characters within the story, but the finale of the story is shown slightly and hinted at throughout the reading to the audience in both spoken and unspoken words. The short story “The Cask of Amontillado,” written by Edgar Allen Poe in 1846, implements immensely detailed scenery, thick character relations, and foreshadows, all of which excite the audience into drawing their own inferences and wanting more of this vengeful tale. The setting of misty, muddy and gloomy caverns beneath the ground above places the audience in the shoes of a third person who seemingly is there with Fortunato and Montresor following in their footsteps. The amount of imagery is simply astonishing and a reader can picture how “The wine sparkled in [Fortunato’s] eyes and the bells jingled.” (103) All of these electrifying sparks for the imagination run rampant across the story lighting up the page as if it were happening right before the reader. These details give an insight to the feelings that would have been felt by Montresor and Fortunato as one leads the other to his final resting place. Feelings of regret, vengefulness, hurt, unwillingness, and ignorance may come
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