The Cask Of Amontillado Research Paper

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The Cask of Amontillado Edgar Allan Poe was a great writer of the nineteenth century, one who wrote about suspense, mystery and horror. He thrills his audience with suspenseful stories, short stories and poetry. Edgar lived a very troubled life, first, marked by the death of his parents and then by the death of his wife. The subjects he chose for his stories and poetry were very dark in nature, which mirrored his life that was plagued with gambling, drinking and mental illness. Some would say that these elements in his life made him the brilliant writer that he was. “The details of his life, rife with reports of gambling, drinking, drug addiction, and other profligate behavior, combined with his marriage to a 13-year-old cousin, have overshadowed…show more content…
Poe uses a unique setting of bumping into Fortunato at a carnival. Carnivals equate happiness and festive times, and those in attendance will be far too distracted with partying than thinking a haneous crime will be commited. Fortunato gave his entire staff the night off, so that nobody would get in the way of his vengeful evening. Fortunato was an afficianado of a very special sherry called Amontillado. In order to enact revenge on Fortunato, Montresor lures Fortunato to his catacombs to experience a newly acquired cask of Amontillado. Fortunato clearly has no idea that Montresor holds a grudge against him and easily falls into his trap. Montresor greets Fortunato like they're old friends, and guides him to his catacombs while Montresor dons a mask of black silk to hide his identity from any passers by. While in the catacombs, Fortunato has a horrible coughing bout, and Montresor treats Fortunato with kindness, keeping his enemy close by saying, "Come," I said, with decision, "we will go back; your health is precious. You are rich, respected, adored, beloved; you are happy as once I was. You are a man to be missed. For me it is no matter. We will go back; you will be ill and I cannot be responsible." Fortunato responds with, "Enough," he said; "the cough is a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough." How ironic is it that Montresor has no idea that it won’t be his cough that kills him, but what awaits him at the end of the

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