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  1. "The Cask of Amontillado"

    Montresor seeks revenge in support of his family crests: "Nemo me impune lacessit."("No one dishonors me without paying price.") Pride can be a very dangerous thing, when one is overwhelmed with it. This is shown in the story by the way Montresor reacts to a little insult from Fortunato. It is also shown by the way Fortunato react when Montresor questions his taste in wine. Fortunato prided himself on his disposition of wine. This pride eventually leads to his downfall.

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  2. The Tell Tale Heart

    Eventually, he took the life of the old man. Then, the police were called by a neighbour, and told of a shriek heard the night before. The police went to find out what happened. The main character successfully presented himself as innocent, but in the end he gave himself up. He admitted committing the crime. In the first paragraph the writer is diving us an introduction to the story. Tension is suggested straight away in the narrator's opening sentence, in which he says "True! Nervous- very, dreadfully nervous. I have been and I am".

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  3. Tell tale heart.

    In one way or another, whether it be on a conscious or unconscious level, people tend to betray themselves. Even the old man lied to himself in order to calm down, but eventually the truth caught up to him. As the narrator sat quietly in the room after he accidentally made a clamor, he thought of what the old man was thinking, and he said, "He had been saying to himself-'It is nothing but the wind in the chimney-it is only a mouse crossing the floor,' or 'it is merely a cricket which has made a single chirp'" (Poe 577).

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  4. Edgar Allan Poe: The Epitome of a Gothic Writer.

    Poe dysfunctional life began early as both of his parents died before he was four. Mr. and Mrs. John Allan brought Poe into their home and provided for him but never filled the emotional void in his life. Through the Allan's, Poe was able to obtain a great education. He went to school in England for five years and Richmond for five years. Then, he entered the University of Virginia in 1826. Soon after beginning school at UVA, Poe acquired heavy gambling debts and became a hard drinker. John Allan moved him from the University in December of the same year he entered.

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  5. "The Cask of Amontillado": Analyzed

    In Montresor's attempt to seek revenge, he uses Fortunato's love for wine to lure him into the catacombs, where Montresor's dead family members remain. Once in the catacombs, their journey begins. Fortunato begins to cough and Montresor uses Fortunato's pride to keep him going. Montresor tells Fortunato that he will find someone else to taste the wine. Of course, since Fortunato thinks he is the best person to taste the wine and determine whether or not it is Amontillado, he agrees to continue on the journey.

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  6. Edgar Allen Poe's, "The Cask of Amontillado," is a feud between two enemies. It humorously portrays the foil of Fortunato, as he is led through the catacombs. Poe's humour is dark, sarcastic and very ironic, which

    Not only is Montresor vengeful, he is also very intelligent in his actions. In order to bring Fortunato into the wine cellars, Montresor had to make sure that "there were no attendants at home." Montresor tells the reader, "They had absconded to make merry in honor of the time. I had told them that I should not return until the morning, and had given explicit orders not to stir from the house. These orders were sufficient; I well knew, to insure their immediate disappearance, one and all, as soon as my back was turned."

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  7. The cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe.

    The reader is somewhat ashamed of being so gripped because of the evilness of the story. Initially I felt slightly sympathetic towards Montressor because you realise Fortunato had done something to Montressor first and it obviously had been quite nasty otherwise it wouldn't have bothered Montressor so much-"The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge." This alone grasps the reader's mind because you immediately wonder what Fortunato has done to make Montressor so desperate to carry out revenge. However I didn't feel sympathetic towards Montressor as I read on, he started to strike me as being very smug and sure of himself perhaps

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  8. The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe

    It also re-enforces the irony of Fortunato's name. More Irony can be found when the narrator Montresor greets Fortunato as a friend but is preparing his vengeance as seen in the line "I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation" Irony is also found in Fortunato's clothing. The two characters share a common taste for fine wines and that is the bait that Montresor uses to reel his victim in.

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  9. Facing the Elements:Comparing Stories from the Norton Anthology

    Does she even grow up, or does she succumb to the ravages of Diphtheria? Using the elements of theme, symbol and point of view in this essay I intend to compare "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Use of Force", and state why I prefer one to the other. Both stories focus on the theme of society's fascination with life stories that are different and unique; they focus on things with a dark side. "The Cask of Amontillado", is an excellent tale of revenge, and of the evilness that lurks in a chosen few.

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  10. Murders in the Rue Morgue - A short story in the collection of stories by Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher

    This idea is exemplified in the short story Murders In the Rue Morgue by the cunning character Dupin. Also, this story is interestingly preceded by a commentary of Poe describing the games of chess, draughts (aka Checkers) and a card game. Out of these three one can gather that Poe rather likes Checkers and thinks that it is superior to chess because chess has "various and bizarre motions, with various and valuable values, what is only complex, is mistaken for what is profound." He explains that what is important in this game is attention to the game and to other person and a game is won when one player oversees a move and so the other wins.

    • Word count: 1127

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