This paper will throw light upon the short story "The Cask of Amontillado". The characteristics of the story will be comprehensively presented in this paper. The later part of the paper will compare this short story to "The Raven" a very interesting poem written by Poe. Major differences in the both these creations will be brought to light in this paper.
In this story the main characters time and again hide their feelings from the readers and the same builds suspense as the stories progress. "When Montresor decides that it is time to seek revenge for the "thousand injuries of Fortunato," he does not make his feelings known.(The Cast of Amontillado, 7 May 2009). The above points also make both these stories interesting and fun to read. There is a lot to learn from this story for the reader for instance one can learn that pride leads to the downfall of a person and hence every one must keep a check on pride to ensure growth and prosperity. There are many more things that a reader can learn from these short stories.
In Cast of Amontillado, Montresor plans to take revenge on Fortunato and the readers get to learn that revenge is a very powerful motive but a dangerous one so we must take revenge on anyone no matter what that person has done to us. Montresor has shown extra ordinary planning to seek revenge on Fortunato, Poe has chosen this plot to tell the readers that revenge is something that must never be pursued and this is what the readers can learn from this short story. Even though the story is completely fictitious, it can be applied in the real world and there must be a lesson that should be learnt from it. The lesson of not to seek revenge against any one come what may. Poe is a master at developing curiosity among the readers and the story begins very abruptly and the same develops a lot of curiosity among the readers. Poe mastered the art of arresting the readers with the first few lines of his stories and this short story is no different. It begins with a very striking quote that immediately arrests the attention of the readers. Montresor's pride shapes up the whole story and it is found that to satisfy his wounded pride he ends up plotting against Fortunato and ultimately this leads to the death of Fortunato. The lesson is in front of all the readers to learn, we must forget everything that creates a drive to seek revenge in our minds. We get a very good message from the story that must be implemented in real life to proper.
Dark Pieces of Literature:
Both these masterpieces by Poe are considered to be mysterious. A classic example to prove the same is the role of The Raven in the play. The Raven keeps troubling the poet in the poem. The poem is a very supernatural poem and so is Cast of Amontillado.
Use Of Refrain:
In Cast of Amontillado Poe has not used any refrains to emphasize his points, on the contrary in The Raven one can see excessive use of refrains. The word "Nevermore" is the only word uttered by The Raven in the whole poem. This goes to show that the poem has been prolonged by Poe but that is not quite the case with Cast of Amontillado.
Both these works are considered to be melancholy. There is an evident display of somber in both these masterpieces. In The Raven the poet is contemplating over the loss of his lover Lenore.