A Look Into The Dark Side Of Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 and was found barely conscious two years after his wife death on a Baltimore street in 1949; three days later, he was dead at age forty. Just like the way he live his life and died, many of his stories and poems were a mystery. Two of his most famous works “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Raven” were dark and mysterious fictions with dark characters and mysterious plots. “The Cask of Amontillado” was a story about the dark act of satanic pursuit of revenge, unlike “The Raven”, which invited us into the soul of a grieving man. Both stories were essential and gave meaning to what Poe was going through during those years of his life. His wife was sick and dying from “tuberculosis” (385). He had already started grieving before “his wife died in 1847 (385). Poe wrote “The Raven in 1844” and “The Cask of Amontillado” in 1846 which are among his most popular works.
In “The Cask of Amontillado” the story is being told by Montresor who is the actual villain in the story. It is a chilling tale of revenge told as if it was a deathbed confession.” Many reviewers unfairly single Poe’s works out as coming directly from his subconscious, ignoring not only how carefully Poe chose his words and phrases but also the sources that inspired the stories” (E. A. Poe Society, “Autobiography”). His conscious was in a dark place while writing this story. “He was fighting alcoholism through his stories” (McDonald). He was using his story as self-therapy, which inspired him to write “The Cask of Amontillado”. With years of planning and plotting ones revenge; it does not make you the victim. You must ask yourself what happened to forgiveness. What did Fortunato do to deserve this torture? The entire story is somewhat sketchy. It is not specifically clear what is going on, therefore the whole story becomes a mystery. The reason for Fortunato death is a mystery. Fortunato must have cause harm in the pass to Montresor or his family. One simple fact I can see is Fortunato is a man of pride and greed. Montresor offered plenty of time to turn around and go back, but he knew by mentioning he would get Luchresi to taste the Amontillado which is a cherry, he would make Fortunato want to continue on this quest. Fortunato just could not accept being second to Luchresi. Poe never mentions what Luchresi actually do in the story. He uses Luchresi as a tool against Fortunato which gives the item that Luchresi is a collector of great wines or an exceptional wine taster.
In order to understand why Montresor is seeking revenge on Fortunato, we must understand how family in general played a part in his revenge. Montresor mentions in the story “The Montresors, were a great and numerous family (387)” and their motto was “Nemo me impune lacessit (387)” which means in Latin, “no one insults me with impunity”; this is the legend on the royal coats of arms of Scotland. By stating that, Montresor gave a hidden clue to that somewhere in his past his family...

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