The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe Critical Essay

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“Don’t Tread on Me” Edgar Allan Poe was a man like no other; he lived a life of full of hardships, from his parents dying at a young age and his foster parents disowning him to marrying his cousin and never settling down in one place. Poe had a unique and tumultuous life full of ups and downs which relate to his characters and the themes of his stories. In The Cask of Amontillado poe uses irony, symbolism and the theme of revenge to draw in the reader and to leave and deep emotional reaction to the story that won’t soon be forgotten. Edgar Allan Poe was born January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. His Parents were both actors, his mother Elizabeth Arnold Poe and his father David Poe Jr. Both of his parents died when he was just …show more content…
Strong emotions were used such as terror, awe, horror, transcendence, and trepidation in confronting nature in all her strength, beauty, and unpredictability. The most basic idea of a Romantic can be summed up as a intelligent, insightful, misunderstood loner who does not follow the norms of society but follows what he believes to be right or good. Romanticism was a way to show that the individuals own values and morals are more important than outside laws, beliefs, and restrictions. The individual was viewed as a being heroic and pioneering, making their own way in the world instead of following the beaten path made by others. The use of irony in the story is vast and all-encompassing throughout the story constantly building suspense, foreshadowing, and at times adding a dash of humor. From the title of the story, to characters names, settings, clothing, and the time of the year all have hints of irony. Poe uses both dramatic and verbal irony. Dramatic irony is irony that is understood by the audience but not by the characters. Verbal irony is when a word is used to convey a meaning that is actually the opposite of the literal meaning of the word. Irony is used with the name of the antagonist Fortunato. Fortunato suggesting good luck and fortunate, but he is anything but fortunate because on a day of fun and indulgence he is imprisoned by his friend to slowly die. Montresor’s name translates into “my treasure” but also the name comes from

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