Essay about Edgar Allen Poe 's The Cask Of Amontillado

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The author of "The Cask of Amontillado," Edgar Allen Poe, was an American romance period gothic author, poet, and critic. Like most writers, Poe writes about what he knows under the influence of his own opinions and experiences. A close examination of Poe 's canon provides us a sociological perspective of who he was when he was alive. "The Cask of Amontillado" is not an exception. This critical response essay will aim to provide a sociological profile of Poe through his short story "The Cask of Amontillado" by looking at the time period in which the story was set, who the main character is, and who the main character was telling his story to at the end. It is widely known that Poe 's central theme was death, but he also set his stories in the past. Although the story never directly says when “The Cask of Amontillado” takes place. There is sufficient evidence that it takes place in the Baroque period between 1600 and 1750ce during Mardi-Gras. There are a few clues of when this story takes place. When Montresor describes Fortunato wearing a conical cap and bells during carnival season (Poe 189). Then later in the story when Montresor describes his family motto: “Nemo me impune lacessit” (Poe 192). No one provokes me with impunity. Which is Latin but has its origins set in Scotland as the motto of the Royal Stuart dynasty of Scotland, and appeared on Scottish coins in the late 1500 's (Sanford 279).
The main character and narrator Montresor was a very rich man from a…

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