Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Cask of Amontillado

‘‘The Cask of Amontillado’’ was first published in the November 1846 issue of Godey's Lady's Book, a monthly magazine from Philadelphia that published poems and stories by some of the best American writers of the nineteenth century, including Nathaniel Hawthorne Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The story next appeared in the collection Poe's Works, edited by Rufus W. Griswold, Poe's literary executor, in 1850. By the time Poe wrote this story, he was already nationally known as the author of the poem ‘‘The Raven’’ (1844) and of several short stories collected in a book called, simply, Tales (1845). These earlier stories were widely reviewed and argued over by critics who found them brilliant and disturbing, and their author perplexing and immoral. Although "The Cask of Amontillado'' was not singled out for critical attention when it appeared, it did nothing to change the opinions of Poe's contemporary admirers and detractors. Like Poe's other stories, it has remained in print continuously since 1850.(Source:

These are the clips I found that somehow gave life to the piece . . .

My Reaction 
The story is very interesting. The theme of the story focuses on revenge. It has only 2 major characters making it easier to follow and understand. The thrill of the story is that the narrator in the story is the one who committed the crime. Another thing is that the motive was not really specified so it was really vague making the readers speculate and think. The technique used here are flashback and foreshadowing. It was really entertaining reading the story. In the story you will also see pride, a thing that contributed to the demise of Fortunato. In this story I was able to reflect and look at my life as to how I am living. I have learned that we should always not try to prove ourselves that we are better than the others and just to stay humble. The story also gave an idea that we should always try our best be careful with every word we utter because we may never know if we are offending a person. The story also was able to project the strong effects of wine and how it can lead to troubles and in this case death. It made me remind a passage from the bible in Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. Overall I have learned so much by reading this story and it was really an enlightening one. 


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