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Title: The Tormented Life of Edgar Allan Poe

The Tormented Life of Edgar Allan Poe
The Nightmarish Mind of Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Short Life 1809-1849

  • Born 1809-1849
  • His mother died during his youth and his father
    abandoned them
  • After the death of his grandmother married his
    13-year-old cousin, Virginia in 1835
  • Virginia died in 1847
  • Died in 1849
  • Background

  • Entered and dropped from both the University of
    Virginia and West Point
  • Ran into debt and started borrowing money,
    gambling and getting deeper into debt
  • Education of Poe

  • Wrote in a Gothic Style
  • Deep and intense
  • Explorations of ? world of dream and of nightmare
  • In his stories the past is darker, m?r? ominous
    and oppresses his heroes and heroines
  • Writing Style of Poe

  • Poes Characters
  • Many of his characters ?r? filled with madness
  • Obsessed with the irrational side of the mind

  • The Pit and the Pendulum
  • The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Tell-Tale Heart
  • The Cask of the Amontillado
  • The Masque of the Red Death
  • The Raven
  • Lenore
  • Famous Works
  • Short Stories
  • Poems

The Cask of Amontillado
  • Background
  • The Cask of Amontillado
  • Published 1846
  • One theory for the inspiration for story was a
    feud Poe had with 2 other poets
  • The story was somewhat controversial for focusing
    his story on a crime with no apparent motive, and
    a murderer with no apparent remorse

  • The Cask of Amontillado
  • Overview
  • The story is narrated by Montresor, who carries a
    grudge against Fortunato for an offense that is
    never explained
  • Montresor leads a drunken Fortunato through a
    series of chambers beneath his palazzo

  • The Cask of Amontillado
  • Overview
  • Although Fortunato has a horrible cough the
    promise of a taste of Amontillado spurs him
    deeper and deeper into the underground
  • When the two men reach the last underground
    chamber, Montresor chains Fortunato to the wall,
    builds a new wall to seal him in, and leaves him
    to die

  • Literary Focus
  • Themes and Conflicts
  • Revenge
  • Madness
  • Deception
  • Remorse vs. Lack of Remorse
  • Pride
  • Friendship
  • Power and Respect
  • Social Clases and Social Significance within

  • Literary Focus
  • Symbols
  • Montresors Coat of Arms and motto, Nemo me
    impune lacessit
  • Irony
  • The Usage of a Trowel
  • A foot in a blue background crushing a snake
    whose fangs are embedded in the foot's heel
  • No one attacks me with impunity
  • Both the coat of arms and motto are
    representative of Montresors lust for revenge
  • He will crush Fortunado for the injuries he has
  • Fortunado belongs to a secret society called the
  • Montresor says he is also a mason, but then
    produces a trowel used for regular masonery work
  • Fortunado thinks this action is trivial, but the
    trowel ends up playing an integral part in his
    demise .

  • Told in the first person by Montresor
  • By presenting the story in the first person, Poe
    puts the reader at the mercy of an unreliable
    narrator, a mad man, who decides what to tell and
    what to leave out.
  • Literary Focus
  • Point of View

  • Fortunato
  • Montresor's sworn enemy,
  • Fortunato displays no uneasiness in Montresor's
    company, and is unaware that his friend is
    plotting against him.
  • Fortunato is a proud connoisseur of fine wine
  • He is urged on by the chance of sampling some
    rare Amontillado

  • Luchesi
  • Acquaintance of Montresor's and Fortunato's
  • A rival wine expert of Fortunados
  • Montresor keeps Fortunato on the trail of the
    Amontillado by threatening to allow Luchesi to
    sample it first

  • Montresor
  • Holds a grudge against his friend Fortunato, who
    has committed several unnamed offenses against
  • Wealthy and lives in a palazzo
  • Has planned murder of Fortunado
  • Telling the story fifty years after it has taken
    place he reveals no regret for his actions
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