The Cask of Amontillado

November 28, 2007 at 12:17 (Uncategorized)

What is Poe trying to convey through “The Cask of Amontillado“? Is he simply trying to scare us, or does he have a message?

Write at least 2 full paragraphs, using one specific quote from the text. This is due by Friday, 11-30-07.



  1. Lorin said,

    In any writer’s work, whether purposely or not, a message is conveyed to the reader. the story was not personal, so you didn’t grasp emotions. the story’s message was a bit vague. It doesn’t come right out and say what is meant to be conveyed but you can speculate on a point that can be reached through mentally discussing the actions and what takes place at the ending of the story.

    The 2 men start out friendly at the opening of the story, but at the very end, one man decides to wall up the other. the ending shows the thought process of the man that is walled up by him not screaming. Screams satisfy a murderer’s want for the violence of his nature to be recognized. without a scream, he is sickened.

  2. Max said,

    “The Cask of Amantillado” like any good passage, is open to interpretation by the reader as to the meaning. Some could argue Poe was attempting to convey a message concerning the dangers of being too prideful, or how easily conflict can be elevated. I feel that Poe was merely writing for the purpose of entertaining the reader. If indeed there was an underlying message in the story, it was displayed in a very abstract manor.

    Poe ties his passage with the phrase “In pace requiescat”, and therefor successfully put to rest any possibility of a moral concerning guilt to be slipped in.

  3. ryann said,

    Peo’s intent in The Cask of Amantillo does not become clear until the very end of the story, even after the narrorator’s plan to kill Fortunado has been revealed. Revenge may seem to be the primary theme, but what is more interesting is the narrorator’s character; his reluctance to kill his enemy, which is demonstrated each time he asks Fortunado if he would rather turn back, and ultimately his dissatisfaction with his murder.

    “But to these words I harkened in vain for a reply. I grew impatiant. I called aloud–” This suggests that despite having fufilled his family motto, Fortunado still has the last word by saying nothing at all.

  4. L.A. Willis said,

    Honestly in my opinon, Poe dosn’t write to scare. He writes what he would like to read. I doubt Poe would put on a front to scare people into reading his stories. I suppose I would have to consider Poe was trying to display a moral; rather then fear to his readers. Of course the message being that revenge is only comforting to a certain extent, or revenge itself is pointless and unfullfilling.

    “My heart grew sick; it was the dampness if the catacombs that made it so.” a quote from Montresor showing remorse for the revenge he had upon Fortunato. Which the remorse would be even greater with realizing that Montresor got Fortunato wasted to the point of not knowing what in the world was going on.

  5. Scott said,

    Poe’s work is riddled with metaphors and hidden meanings, and “The Cask of Amantillo” is no exception. The theme of the passage seams to be an eye for an eye. The crest of the Montresors also shares this message, the snake biting the foot that crushes it, symbolizing that although one can have his revenge he will never truly fulfill his desires.

    In the story there are many references to revenge, such as the motto of the Montresors, “Nemo me impunity lacessit”. Which in English means no one attacks us with impunity. This in laymen’s terms means that no one attacks me without repercussions. It expresses the overall theme of revenge in the story.

  6. Colin said,

    Edgar Allen Poe’s intent was his own, is this passage meant to scare or or convey a message; well the prompt is for one contradicting, becasue conveying fright is a message. My take on the passage is both, there is more than one message, you must just find it in the text and apply it in principal to your own life or expieriances to realate, or even come close to comprehending what Poe meant, evreything he wrote is human, now it’s the readers job to add thier insightfull and unique view on the story. The messages are all human so everything that the messages are, are you, in you, or are capable of you; so take this expierance(ficitonal or not isn’t the point) and look throught another view point to learn, and live and die through their eyes.

    One message is, you are responsible for your actions, the things you do have consquences(every action has a reaction), because what Fortunato learned is you must contemplate what you cant see, the quietest man in the room can be the most dangerous. As Jay-Z said “you know the type,loud as a motor bike , but wouldnt bust a grape in a fruit fight” fortunato made a mistake in who he ran his mouth about and payed for it with what he treasured most, his life. One intent is to the reader becasue learning is many times frightening, the unkown, actually using your brain, maning up as I call it. People learn by drastic shock, it triggers the brain to actually function, so Fortunato learned the severity of his deeds, but not in time to save what he valued. As did Montresor once Fortunato had stoped struggillng, the severity of his deeds and the silent revenge of Fortunato, that there are consequences to your actions, ignorant or vengeful. In Montresors famliy no deed go’s unpunished, and what he learns is retribution is dirty and dramatic, its shocking “Yes”, I said, “for the love of god”.

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