The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe was one of the greatest American writers and poets. He wrote many great short stories and poems. The Cask of Amontillado was one of the greatest stories written by
Poe. Edgar has a history of writing about dark horror and irony, such as Tell-Tale Heart, where the narrator kills his father over his “evil-eye.” The Cask of Amontillado is a story of friends
Montresor and Fortunato, that turns dark after an insult is made and Fortunato must pay for mistakes he has made upon Montresor. The irony is immense in this story, as it is full of situational, dramatic and verbal irony that often leave you on the edge of your seat and have you thoughts running amuck imagining what horror could come.
There is not much known about Edgar Poe’s family except that on his ‘mother’s ancestry were actors and his father’s side were of military descendant. Edgar was “born in Boston
Common, on January 19, 1809” (Meyers 4). Poe’s parents could not afford to keep him after his birth and at age 3 they sent him away to live with his grandparents on his father’s side. The grandparents hired a nursemaid who “fed them liberally with break soaked in gin, when they soon fell asleep. [She acknowledged] that she had, from the very birth of the girl [in December
1810], freely administer to them gin and other spirituous liquors, with sometimes laudanum [ opium dissolved in alcohol], ‘to make them strong and healthy,’ or to put them to sleep when restless” (Meyers 5). Poe always drank but after his…

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