The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe

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I love this story. It took me two reads the first time I came across it to fully understand it, but I still enjoy it every time.
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This has always been my favorite of Poe's stories. Every time I got the opportunity to cover it in class, I did. Every time I found some new aspect to write about. It's such a fascinating story.
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I have studied this short story so many times and I still love it! It says so much about human flaws, such as greed. I love how dark Poe's work is, especially regarding imagery. I'm studying to become a teacher and know I will be including "The Cask of Amontillado" in my curriculum.
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The dark and gothic taste to it, got me entirely. It is amazing. Shall look forward to more works of this extremely unconventional writer.
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I first read this story when I was young, perhaps 11 or 12, and have revisted it many times since then. Montressor's narrative, ostensibly to a friend but in truth to you, the reader, presents a veneer of reason over a swirling madness that culiminates in a most vicisious revenge, all the more shocking because we are given only the vaguest, most ambiguous justification for it. The Allen Parsons Project wrote an album based on the works of Poe, and from the song bearing the same name as this tale, Fortunato's pleading, plaintive refrain haunts my memory every time I re-read this classic. It remains a tight, powerful portrait of how hate can simmer in the heart of a person, driving us to unspeakable acts, and how deeply we can bury those feelings until finding the opportune time to act on them.
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The best aspect of Poe is how he is so different in every one of his stories. I read the Tell Tale Heart and very minimal amount of resemblance is seen between the two short stories. Other than Poe's always selcouth turn of events, there is little to no resemblance in his writing style. Nobody could tell it was Edgar Allen Poe if both are read without the author's credit. A sincere salute to the remarkable author.
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l love poe for dark themes involve ,but l dislike involving too many characters its bit confusing and harder to capture its fluency story
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I was browsing and happened to see this and remembered how I used to love the works of Edgar Allan Poe so much when I was younger. Don't get me wrong, I still love his works to this day but I don't love them the way I used to. I guess as a person grows older, her taste in books also changes.
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I remember when I did a collaboration with my English class for this story! I really like this small story :)
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I love reading this short story. Poe always does a good job creating an ominous atmosphere. This story of revenge may not be a great model for behavior, but it is a great example of good writing.
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I love Poe! The Cask of Amontillado is one of my favorites. The Fall of the House of Usher being another.

What I love about Poe's short stories the most is the level of grandeur he brings to the macabre. It's not a gritty or repulsive darkness, but almost classy. The way he wrote and the way he described these dark images and actions brings out a sense of excitement and a sense of awe in the reader.

He makes dark elements seem beautiful. As twisted as that may be, it's an amazing talent and perspective to have as a writer. The only other author I feel that measures up to Poe's talent to do this, is Nathaniel Hawthorne.
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As with most Poe stories, this seemed dark to me and I was not particularly fond of the story. I did not finish the book as I just found it to be rather odd and boring to me. It was highly recommended by a friend and I would say that if you are a fan of Poe's writing style you will enjoy the story a great deal.
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One of Poe's best works in my opinion. I absolutely love this story. It's a fantastic short story that says so much in so few lines and has a cool dark tone.
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I remember this story well. Back in the 70's, our family moved into a house that had a built in newspaper holder (the spots were too small for wine bottles - I tried) and in the basement, there was a part of the foundation that had been resealed leaving a different colored cement between several of the cinder blocks. One of my older sibling had always been creeped out by another room in the basement we called "the blue room" (Every time I hear the song "I'm Blue" by Eiffel 65 I wonder about this blue room and my sibling) and I wondered if it had been some sort of a misplaced fear from reading this story. As my parents were connected to law enforcement, the whole thing seemed very Sherlock Holmesy to me at the time, putting on my little detective shoes...All of Poe's writing is fantastic and several other times characters have been buried in walls...
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Edgar Allen Poe is undoubtedly a unique and talented writer. This story has always captivated me, even though I know the ending. It's actually creepy!
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