Edgar Allan Poe Essay

799 WordsJan 28, 20154 Pages
The Cask of Amontillado There are many different occasions where readers see that Poe used foreshadowing to show that Fortunato will ultimately die within the catacombs. Edgar Allan Poe also uses irony throughout the whole story as well to show that Fortunato will perish. Poe has a very unique and dark style of writing and it is shown greatly throughout this story. In "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe, the author shows foreshadowing and irony of Fortunato’s death through the actions, dialog, and setting of the story. Edgar Allan Poe, who was born in 1809 has works of art that have influenced many other writers throughout time (Kirszner and Mandell). His stories are deemed to be defined as terrifying, haunting, and are psychological terrors. The stories, like “The Cask of Amontillado”, are gruesome and often times told in a first-person narrative so that the reader can ultimately “live” within the story. Poe has a tendency to tie in Gothic, transcendental, and romantic properties within his writings (Unrue). Edgar Allan Poe’s writings in poetry and short stories developed the form of symbolic fiction, detective stories, and even gothic horror stories (Kirszner and Mandell). He also ties in classicism from inspiration of his classical thoughts (Unrue). Poe has shaped the way that many famous writers today who have come to know the style of Gothic horror, detective stories, and symbolic fiction. Foreshadowing is a key element in “The Cask of Amontillado”. Foreshadowing is seen all throughout this story and shows readers what is going to become of Fortunato at the end of the story. One way the person can see that foreshadowing is used is when Fortunato states, “Enough, the cough is a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough” (Poe 192). This shows the reader that though he will not die of the cough he will eventually die in the

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