Essay on Edgar Allan Poe 's The Cask Of Amontillado

1045 Words Oct 12th, 2015 5 Pages
Some people believe that humans were born cruel and selfish, and others believe humans are made cruel and selfish. Edgar Allan Poe had a rough life and wrote as an outlet. He often wrote about topics usually avoided during the time, such as death, self-destruction, and madness. Gothic literature would create the feeling of gloom, mystery, and suspense, and was usually dramatic, much like Poe’s writings. Edgar Allan Poe conveys humans as selfish and evil by combining the use of literary devices and gothic conventions, such as unreliable narrator and repetition fused with terrifying events, in “The Black Cat” and “The Cask of Amontillado.” To prove that humans are naturally selfish and evil in “The Cask of Amontillado”, Poe uses repetition and an unreliable narrator fused with terrifying events. Montressor started out with saying Fortunato wronged him in a way, but never specified what he had done. Because he wronged him, Montressor wanted to get revenge. He started by manipulating Fortunato and made him believe there was wine in the cellar. He wanted the wine so he repeated, “‘Amontillado’ … ‘Amontillado’ … ‘Amontillado’” to show Montressor he deserved it instead of Luchesi (25). Fortunato loved wine, and wanted to taste the Amontillado, so when he was told there was wine, he instantly trusted Montressor. Montressor was being selfish and evil to get revenge on Fortunato. Montressor got Fortunato drunk to make it easier to trap him, but when he was trapped, he quickly started…

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