Why Is Edgar Allan Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado?

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Most people do not realize how much authors describe themselves in their own works. Edgar Allan Poe has turned out to be one of America’s pronounced writers in his time. In the story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” the suspense, the irony and the symbolic words are a reflection of Poe himself which captivates any reader with the tale of revenge. In order to understand Edgar Allan Poe’s works, we have to understand who he was. Poe’s reputation was primarily based on his tales of terror. It made him seem as if he was a dark symbolic man himself. Nevertheless, he was more than that, he was the middle child of three, he had lost both of his parents at the age of three, and he had big dreams of being a great writer (Poe Museum 2014). As a young child, …show more content…
Yes, he married his cousin Virginia. In spite of Edgar having no money and limited friends, he still managed to keep writing and taking his writings to New York to get them published. He couldn’t find financial success in his published works and he could not keep a regular job (Poe Museum 2014). Eventually he found his life’s work, in the magazine “Messenger”. It was a very popular subscription, but soon after he got a name for himself as a fearless critic (Giordano 2007). Poe had been through a lot in his life, as he never settled and chased his dreams to no ends. By the time he wrote “The Cask of Amontillado,” he was already a known author for his poem “The Raven” (Giordano 2007). Soon after Virginia became ill with tuberculosis and died, Poe was so deeply- devastated that he could not write for months; he later collapsed from stress. (Giordano 2007). In Poe’s last days he left New York and traveled around visiting his friends, he was truly an unhappy man that lost everything but his ability to write. The alcohol took a toll on his life and he turned out to be the dark and symbolic man that people assumed he was. The man that he became was due to the life he lived, and in …show more content…
For Instance, “The Cask of Amontillado.” The story of revenge in some aspects it seemed as if Edgar himself was Montresor committing the revenge. As Montresor is telling the story, it becomes symbolic to the writer and Poe’s philosophy of his writing can help you come to that conclusion. The dramatic irony placed in the story gives the reader the idea that Montresor had his own agenda from the beginning to seek revenge on Fortunato, it is stated, “ I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation” (Poe 108). Even though Fortunato insulted Montresor he has fooled him to believe that he was not offended by him. The verbal irony also takes place when they both are walking into the catacombs in search of Amontillado. When Fortunato begins to cough, and Montresor expresses, then suggests they turn back, to which Fortunato replies, “Enough," he said; “the cough is a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough” (Poe 110). Montresor gives Fortunato a false sense of security, on one hand, and the immolation awaiting for him, on the other hand. In the same aspect, it keeps the reader full of suspense because it doesn’t provide enough information to readers to suggest that Fortunato is coming to his death. Eventually Montresor keeps to his vow and berried Fortunato alive. It

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