The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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How do the authors of "The Cask of Amontillado" and "From Beyond" use allegorical elements to create horror? How are the characters allegorical? How does this contribute to the meanings of the works?

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Allegories are stories in which characters, places, or events stand for ideas or events. For example, in medieval drama, a person called Envy might stand for and enact the sin of Envy.

Both "The Cask of Amontillado" and "From Beyond" are revenge stories told from a first-person perspective. Both stories focus on just two characters, and both explicitly mention missing servants. The two main characters in each story can be read as allegorical figures of evil, insanity, and gullibility. In both stories, the absent servants are an allegory of the absence of everyday normalcy. Both stories—one set in an underground catacomb, the other in an attic—take place in liminal (in-between) spaces that represent the terror of the isolated and unknown.

The stories, however, have some key differences. "The Cask of...

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