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Edgar Allan Poe

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Introduction

Edgar Alan Poe uses several literary techniques such as symbolism in his stories 'Black Cat' and 'The Cask Of Amontillado' so as to bring out a deep meaning apart from the literary terminology. Both the stories have a dark and gothic theme and setting. The story 'Black Cat' and 'Cask Of Amontillado' have a lot in common to share. Some critics also believe that these stories have characters, the Cat (in The Black Cat) and Fortunado (in The Cask Of Amontillado) which metaphorically represent the habit of alcoholism in the life of the narrator. The narrator in Black Cat can be described as insane and an unreliable narrator. The story the Black Cat is set in the narrator's dark and gloomy house and his basement while the story The Cast of Amontillado is set in the crypts (where Fortunado is expected to die) and catacombs of the Montresor family. Thus, the gothic setting helps to further the subtexts in the stories of The Black Cat and The Cask of Amontillado. ...read more.

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This conscious in the form of the Cat possibly lead him to finally kill his wife. The burying of the Cat alive could symbolize for the burying of the conscious, ineffectively, as at last it is this conscious which forces him to reveal him crime of the murder as, the Cat ( conscious ) started to scream. The usage of the name "Pluto" which refers to the Roman God of death symbolize the It could also be said that the narrator hallucinates the existence of the Second Cat. The Second Cat could be an imagination for the narrator's conscious. It could also refer that this was a preplanned murder or assassination of his wife. The usage of the word "accomplishment" and "assassination" also refer to the preplanned murder. The usage of the name "Pluto" which refers to the Roman God of death symbolize the murder. The story The Cask Of Amontillado and Black Cat have many parallels. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Amontillado" refers to from the mountain. The walk of Fortunado and Montesor is considered to be a parallel to Jesus' walk to Mt. Cavalry before the crucification ( Jesus was weak just as Fortunado who was suffering from cough) and Moses' walk with the Hebrews from Egypt to Mount Sinai to bring the Ten commandments from the mountain. The stories also have many biblical allusions as "I blush, I burn, I shudder" from The Black Cat where burn refers to the flames in hell. Also, the toasts of wine are a direct comparison to The Last Supper of Jesus Christ before his crucification.The usage of "irrevocable Overthrow" refers to the banishing of Lucifer from heaven taking out the feeling of revenge in the story. Thus, the symbolism and the biblical allusions help in bringing out the story in The Black Cat and The Cask of Amontillado. The dark and gothic setting of these stories also help to create the atmosphere and further the tension in the story. Therefore, the gothic setting helps to further the subtexts in the stories of The Black Cat and The Cask of Amontillado. ...read more.

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