Edgar Allen Poe

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The story "the Cask Of Amontillado" was written in 1846. This short story belongs to a horror genre and depicts a crime committed by the narrator, Montresor against his friend, Fortunato. As any terror story, the aim of "the Cask Of Amontillado" is to frighten the reader, to ring about in him the state of pleasurable fear and horror.


Montresor presents himself as an honorable man from a high social class. He tells that his family has deep roots, that "the Montresors, were a great and numerous family" (Poe, n.d.). To add significance of his social position, he tells the motto of his family which is "Nemo me impune lacessit" Poe. N.d.).
Montresor presents himself as a good-natured man who does everything to protect his dignity. This is in itself perhaps not the most exalted of literary ambitions, though it is remarkably difficult for an author to avoid crossing the boundary from the terrifying to the merely laughable. It seems that Montresor has a perfect breeding and tries to prove his position protecting his good name. Montresor presents himself as a judge who condemns his friend Fortunato to death.
Taking into account his appearance and costume, it is evident that his representation of himself does not coincide with his true nature. Poe depicts him in black silk mask which symbolizes evil nature of Montresor: "thus speaking, Fortunato possessed himself of my arm; and putting on a mask of black silk and drawing a roquelaire closely about my person, I suffered him to hurry me to my palazzo" (Poe. N.d.).
Montresor tries to persuade readers and himself that the death of Fortunato is the only possible way to avenge. ...
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