scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 374
A number of psychological disorders are presented in Edgar Allen Poes The Cask of Amontillado These disorders range from the most basic such as revenge and obsession to the more complex and fearful such as taphephobia the fear of being buried aliveThe carrying theme of the entire story revolves around some unknown wrong committed against the narrator Montresor and his execution of revenge against the character Fortunato As the story progresses along we bear witness to Montresors continual taunting of Fortunato by essentially dangling an irresistible prize of uncommon wine in his face As he says in the story In painting and gemmary Fortunato like his countrymen was a quack but in the matter of old wines he was sincere Despite his frequent pleas to Fortunato to turn back and no longer continue with this quest for the wine Montresor knows full well that his friend now victim would disregard his words and continue unfettered The act of revenge ends with not only Fortunato being shackled to the inner recesses of a catacomb but with Montresor burying his old friend alive behind a wall of brick and human bones Whether or not this act of revenge is to be considered extreme is left in doubt What we do realize from the story is that the act of revenge consumed the character enough to warrant not only an intelligently constructed plan but also the slow death of his friend as a resultA common fear at the time of the story was that of being buried alive Because of the lack of more modern medical techniques to ascertain the conditions of death there existed the all too real possibility of a person not actually being deceased when they were buried This was played out at the end of the story when Fortunato was buried alive behind a freshly constructed wall restrained and sitting alone in the dark left to
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA