The ' The Cask Of Amontillado ' By Edgar Allen Poe Essay example

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“The Clown”
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe is a complex short story that is old and influential. It strength does not come from the plot or actual text but the atmosphere that it sets for the reader. The point of the short story is to make you think and wonder what kind of messed up stuff did the clown have to do in order to incur that level of vengeance from the narrator. You can also think of what kind of sociopath OCD the narrator has to be to be able to plan/carry out a painful murder for revenge.
There are many uses of figurative language in this story that you have to really think about to see. There is a metaphor in reference to the title because the cask of amontillado is a wine that is red and can be compared to the blood that is spilt upon Fortunato’s death. There is foreshadow when Montresor and Fortunato were walking inside the catacombs and Montresor was describing his family as a great and numerous family when Fortunato asks Montresor what is his family motto. Montresor then replies “nemo me umpune lacessit” which means no one harms me unpunished. This is a foreshadow of the punishment that Fortunato receives. The catacomb symbolizes death and the underworld as the setting, the carnival symbolizes that Fortunato is a fool and represents that upper world. The story starts out with the setting as the carnival and then they have a continuous descending into the catacombs. This journey is a representation of starting from the top of the world and…

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