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

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Batuhan Şen

Lect. Esen Kara


18 November 2015

Symbolism in ‘The Cask of Amontillado’
Poe is a romantic gothic writer. In his stories he deals with horror, madness and dreams. As a common romantic period element, symbolism is a recurrent technique in Poe’s stories. Symbolism means representing abstract ideas or concepts using objects, characters, figures or even colors. The Whirlpool in ‘MS. Found in a Bottle’, Eyes in ‘The Tell Tale Heart’ and many other stories by Poe uses symbolism to represent something else, something ‘abstract’. “The Cask of Amontillado” tells the story of a man who takes revenge from his foe, by tricking him into his catacombs, then burying him which can be described as “The Perfect Crime”. In this paper, we will discuss the symbolism and it’s meaning in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”
Firstly, the setting of the story, which is carnival time symbolizes Montresor’s evil thoughts and personality. Just under the celebratory carnival streets, there are catacombs, dark, narrow and eerie. Similarly, Montresor is a respected, noble man in society, but he also has evil and dark personality, which cannot be seen from the outside but waiting to be discovered. Also, Montresor uses the carnival time as an opportunity. Carnival season is a time for feast and celebration, when people have the freedom to do things which they may not do during other times. Baraban states that “During carnival, identities are destabilized and traditional social…

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