Essay Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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To some of the most fanatic and most creative Poe fans the question may arise: could I reproduce the great Edgar’s works? And if the answer is yes, then how? We might assume that Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most recognizable authors and poets not only of his age but of the whole modern literature, but still we would face numerous difficulties in trying to imitate his writing. Also, placing him into a certain style or literary movement would give us some really tough hours. Poe can be considered either a Romantic or Gothic writer but we could find a number of arguments and counterarguments for this matter. Poe, in fact, reinterpreted the whole Gothic horror style and created a unique, distinct brew of Gothic fiction, Romanticism and his …show more content…
He slaughters a friendly, old man because he is somewhat irritated by his ’vulture-eye’, the shriek of the old man is heard by the neighbours, and when the police come to investigate, the murderer confesses his deed. Whilst telling us how he has executed this felony, he ”protests his sanity rather than his innocence”. (Robinson 1):
„If still you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body.” (Poe 280)
A big spoonful of madness is the element that adds spice to the story or gives the narrator intention to commit the murder in the first place. In my opinion this is the main aspect in which Poe totally differs from the traditional Gothic fiction. If I had to associate Poe’s tales with some great Hollywood movies, I would certainly think of psychological thrillers like the Silence of the Lambs, The Shining or Psycho. In the case of traditional Gothic stories, the horror films Frankenstein, Night of the Living Dead or A Nightmare on Elm Street pop into my mind. Edgar Allan Poe was much more into the psychological aspects of murder and terror: it is not the setting or a scary monster, but the narrator’s loony and homicidal mind that gives us goosebumps. In A Cask of Amontillado, our narrator and murderer, Montesor seemingly never goes mad, he commits the crime totally willfully, but he does not show any signs of having gone nuts. Well, of course, we

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