November 27, 2012
Reading Analysis Paper
The Cask of Amontillado
The very famous Edgar Allan Poe, author of this short story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” has been described in many different ways (which is quite an understatement for such the rare kind of man that he was), but one common description among the accredited seems to be isolated. Also in this tale, the narrator and main character, Montresor, is quite isolated. They both seem to be distant from rules and reality, but for the both of them, not having to endure lasting punishments justifiable by the law in which they lived is very much in their reality. Because of the many similarities among them, like this one (isolation), accredited literary critics, biographers, historians have concluded that Poe was using Montresor to convey his very own thoughts. So in this piece of truth, it is definitively concluded that Poe is represented by Montresor in “The Cask of Amontillado,” psychologically, socially, and religiously. In the very beginning of the short story, on the very first line to be exact, Montresor mentions how he had borne the thousand of insults of Fortunato as best as he could, yet it was only an insult that “pushed him over the edge” so to say. This one insult enraged Montresor to a level where he created a plot to exact the perfect revenge on Fortunato. And as the story unfolds, the perfect crime is committed with an eternal cost. Montresor gets his revenge, and Fortunato suffers to death because of an insult, literally. Yet there is a psychological aspect to this act. Edward H. Davidson, an accredited professor of English, concludes that the two are delusional. Of course if Poe is using Montresor to convey his thoughts, because this is indeed a soliloquy, then the accusations fall on them both. Davidson implies that Poe does not comply with sanity; therefore his protagonist in the story is a direct “image” of...
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