The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe

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Post by radracquel14 » 05 Oct 2015, 21:10

What I like best about this story is that the main character has a near change of heart at the end where it is possible Fortunato will not be sealed up and left. He comes into the story with a set goal, is able to play the part of friend, and succeeds in getting Fortunato down to the cellar, drunk and chained, but just as the last bricks are about to be laid there is a small doubt. As a reader you feel connected. How often have you planned out revenge, but not followed through? Would you be able to seal Fortunato in?

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Post by kathylapan » 05 Oct 2015, 21:24

radracquel14 wrote:Would you be able to seal Fortunato in?
No, but I've also never desired revenge on someone :drool:
Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. ~ Sarah Williams

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Post by DeeMariaR » 10 May 2016, 10:30

Poe may be morbid, but he was a great writer!

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Post by Vermont Reviews » 12 May 2016, 09:52

Agreed Edgar Allen Poe was an excellent writer.

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Post by ellieonline03 » 12 Jul 2016, 06:23

I've read The Cask of Amontillado around six times already but I still find it entertaining. I admire Poe because he wrote his stories while drunk. I can't even write brilliant ideas when I'm sober! :lol: I liked his Masque of the Red Death most by the way. :wink:

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Post by victoria48 » 13 Jul 2016, 15:57

"I must not suffer as a result of taking my revenge"

I love it.
She made broken look beautiful
and strong look invincible.
She walked with the Universe
on her shoulders and made it
look like a pair of wings.
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Post by HoldenCaufieldsMom » 22 Jul 2016, 11:50

I read this in eighth grade and had a great teacher that was passionate about literature help my premature mind understand the rhetorical devices used. It's a great read and literary work.

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Post by BookaholicAuthor » 18 Aug 2016, 15:55

One of the short stories I read in high school...and one of the ones that got me hooked on Edgar Allen Poe, though I have to say "The Black Cat" is another good story by him.

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Post by Chris Manning » 30 Aug 2016, 17:53

I love this story. Frightfully wicked. Stephen King wrote his own version (more or less) of this revenge story and called it "Dolan's Cadillac." Good stuff. I highly recommend it.
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Post by Jseegs87 » 08 Sep 2016, 10:08

This was one of the first stories by Poe I read in elementary school, fantastic work! It made a fan out of me!

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Post by JessicaKW » 25 Oct 2016, 09:41

My daughter just read this in school and we had a great discussion about the darkness of the imagery. She said not very many kids in her class liked it because it was dark. I love to reread the short stories of Poe for the excellent imagery and his ability to pull you into the tale.

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Post by bluegreenmarina » 26 Oct 2016, 15:06

Poe's stories, this being one of them, always stuck with me even years after I read them. Somehow they are so haunting without being grotesque or gory - he is a true master of psychological horror.

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Post by Scerakor » 27 Mar 2017, 08:51

I was drawn to this one not necessarily because I'd heard good things or that it was Poe in general (although those do come into play) but by another book by Christopher Moore. The first in the "series" (if you can call it that) was called "Fool" and told the story of King Lear from the perspective of the Jester. The follow-on to that, titled "The Serpent of Venice", was based off of a mix of "The Merchant of Venice", "Othello", and "The Cask of Amontillado." Therefore before reading Moore's work, I made a point of reading all three first. I definitely think that I got more out of the story by making sure I was familiar with the three others.

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Post by JFrancis » 22 Jun 2017, 08:24

I read this when I was younger. My first acquaintance with Poe's short stories came with reading "The Telltale Heart," but this one was interesting. The way that Poe wrote about burying someone alive sent chills up the back of my neck. Personally, I prefer "The Fall of the House of Usher."
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Post by leandrarose » 04 Sep 2017, 12:45

This is one of the first short stories of Poe I read. My English class read it when I was in seventh grade. I loved it! Poe captures the darker sides of human nature beautifully

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