Edgar Allan Poe 's The Cask Of Amontillado Essay

1005 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
Edgar Allan Poe is known for his murderous stories, but this specific story “The Cask of Amontillado,” starts off with the murderer telling the story with satisfaction. The murderer’s name is Montresor, and he has a brilliant, devious plan to murder Fortunato. He tells his plan step by step of how he commits this dexterous murder.
E. L Doctorow states that Edgar Allan Poe’s life was “unremitting disaster, he was orphaned when he was only two, married to his thirteen year old cousin who later died from tuberculosis, his foster ” (1). He had a gambling problem and got kicked out of the University of Virginia. His father mother died, then his foster father died. His adoptive father was unforgiving with Poe’s gambling, which ties in to Montresor not forgiving Fortunato for insulting him. These events in his life may have caused Poe to go into a deep depression and because he was so depressed with all of the deaths that happened, everything was gloomy and frightening in his world, he only knew how to write horror stories with sad ending that related to his life.
Montresor’s Id is telling him to seek revenge and that no one insults Montresor and gets away with it, his ego is telling him all the things that could go wrong, but his superego is telling Montresor to go through with getting revenge by murdering Fortunato. Kevin J. Hayes stated in his book “The annotated Poe,” that the motivation for Montresor to murder Fortunato was Poe’s own desire to get revenge on a former…

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