An Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's ' The Cask Of Amontillado '

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Edgar Allan Poe had a particularly rough childhood. His mother, foster mother, and wife all died from tuberculosis. This seemed to have a lasting impact on his mental health, for he refers to this in many of his writings. In addition to this, his father abandoned him, and his foster father disliked him to the point where he cut off all access to money for Poe. His troubled home life resulted in immense amounts of emotional destruction. This gave him a dim outlook on life, which helped to create the unique writing style that Poe showcased throughout all of his writings. He died at the age of forty, and in that time he wrote a staggering seventy poems and sixty-six short stories. A few of these notorious writings would include “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Cask of Amontillado”, and “The Fall of the House of Usher”. These three works in particular clearly display similarities in Poe’s writing style. It is well known that Poe lost numerous loved ones to the awful disease, tuberculosis. This led him to make references to these experiences in “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Cask of Amontillado”, and “The Masque of the Red Death”. Poe continuously refers to the awful disease that took so many of his loved ones’ lives. In the short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, Poe refers to disease in saying that Roderick Usher had a “mental illness which oppressed him”. This would mean that the ailment consumed his life. He also characterizes Madeline’s illness as “a…

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