A Cask Of Amontillado, By Edgar Allan Poe And Nathaniel Hawthorne

1034 Words Oct 16th, 2014 5 Pages
A bright man, Ernest Hemingway, once said, “All things ... wicked start from innocence” (Hemingway). Although, much different than innocence, gothic texts portray dark characters, setting and also plot. Just like in “A Cask of Amontillado” and “The Minister’s Black Veil”, the authors, Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne make use of gothic elements within their stories. Such as, throughout “A Cask of Amontillado”, the main character Montresor has previously been offended by Fortunato, a wine connoisseur, who is now become the target of a murder plot by Montresor. Then, Montresor has the chance to bring Fortunato back to his home in search a wine, Amontillado, which does not exist. Finally, Fortunato is led to his demise within a catacomb beneath Montresor 's own home. In comparison, “The Minister’s Black Veil” is a tale of a Parson by the name of Mr. Hooper who has begun to wear a black veil upon his face. Soon after Mr. Hooper’s life begins to attract others who are fascinated by the unusual clothing upon his face. Mr. Hooper’s veil had the ability to even ruin the relationship between him and his fiancée, Elizabeth, when he refuses to remove it. Poor Mr. Hooper then brings his guilt to his grave along with the veil. In conclusion, both stories contain gothic elements that are expressed through characterization, plot details and also setting. In both “The Minister’s Black Veil” and “A Cask of Amontillado” the authors have characters that portray…

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