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

1134 Words Feb 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809-October 7, 1849), a famous American writer, suffered much tragedy and death throughout his life. Examples include his mother, wife, and foster mother all prematurely dying from tuberculosis, and both his true and foster father abandoning him. Such a cruel life influenced his writing heavily. His works are extremely recognizable for many reasons, such as having a dark plot or sinister setting. In fact, many of his works possess uncanny parallels; his writings are very similar to one another. Using 3 of Poe’s stories as an example, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Cask of Amontillado”, and “The Masque of the Red Death”, this fact is exemplified.
One of the large parallels between all of these works of literature are the events. Throughout all of the stories, someone is dead, or ends up dying, often in some horrific way. Death is a terrible thing to many, it means the end of life, the struggle of not having a family, yet Poe, living a life of death, captures the reader’s attention with his dark plots. In “The Fall of the House of Usher”, Madeline, one of the characters, is buried unknowingly alive, but escapes and “fell heavily inward upon the person of her brother”, boring “him to the floor a corpse”, presumably killing both of them, as well as ending their family line. This is definitely eerie, but, in Poe’s stories, this is common; In “The Masque of the Red Death”, everyone in the castle (and, presumably, almost everyone outside it)…

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