An Analysis of Poe's Short Story "The Cask of Amontillado"

Topics: Edgar Allan Poe, Short story, The Cask of Amontillado Pages: 2 (448 words) Published: August 25, 2013
Professor: Rubelise Cunha
Alice Costa – 42532


As analysed by Edgar Allan Poe in the “Philosophy of Composition”, a text he himself composed, the first aspect a writer should think about when writing a short story is the planning. Having a precise procedure beforehand, a method of developing a text is what gives substance to it. The beauty of a text is in the ability of designing it for the unity of effect, which will certainly cause impressions on sensitive, or even sensible, readers. Another aspect he mentions is the lenght of the story; it should be enough to keep the reader's attention and read it at one sitting. Taking to account these three important aspects, procedure, unit of effect and lenght of the text, it is possible to assert that the short story “The Cask of Amontillado”, by Edgar Allan Poe, comprehends these items. This short story is about a man obssessed with revenge; the protagonist is tired of being insulted by his friend, Fortunato, and decides to take revenge on him without being accused of it, as in “I must not only punish but punish with impunity”. The precision in the procedure of this short story may be perceived when analysing the structure and the effect. In the beggining, the protagonist lets clear that he is going to revenge and that his true nature is not likely to threaten only; he is really fond of his family motto, Montresor's, “nemo me impune lacessit”, which means “no one attacks me with impunity”. However, after declaring his anger, he no longer says anything about it or how he intends to do it, and even treats his friend like nothing bad has ever happened. The reader is going to know the intentions of the protagonist and where the story is leading to almost in the end of it. It is with surprise and horror that the reader reaches the climax. By causing these feelings on the...

References: POE, Edgar Allan. “The Philosophy of Composition”. 1846. In The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 14, edited by James E. Harrison, pp. 19308. New York: AMS Press, 1979.
POE, Edgar Allan. The Cask of Amontillado.
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