The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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Poe's Personal Life as Influence on "The Cask of Amontillado"? What is the effect of Poe's miserable life on the traits of the characters in "The Cask of Amontillado?" There must be an influence....

Poe's Personal Life as Influence on "The Cask of Amontillado"?

What is the effect of Poe's miserable life on the traits of the characters in "The Cask of Amontillado?" There must be an influence.

There should be a strong effect of the writer's life on his literary works what kind of that effect can be found in "The Cask of Amontillado?"

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Last year my students decided that Poe must have had direct experience as a murderer.  Even if he didn't, he certainly had dark thoughts and wrote some dark stories.  It is quite possible that he felt wronged, by someone in particular or society in general, and wanted revenge.

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I'm with blazedale on this one.  The best insights I've ever gotten on Poe's life and literary point of view come from a short poem he wrote called "Alone."  In it, he writes: 

From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
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udonbutterfly | Student

For me The Cask of Amontillado was a literary representation of his angst and him watching it be destroyed. In the story the narrorter says

THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge. 

I think this signify his constant battle with depression as well as all the bad things that happen to him like the death of his wife, brother and etc. And the next time misfortune decides to show up he will not silently stand by and be broken down by it

Then you have when he kills Fortunato by chaining him up and burying him alive with stones. This is almost like him taking a control over his depression and literally burying it. And we're all aware of Poe's alcoholism which would probably be what he buried his depression with. Which is also ironic because wine is how led he Fortunato into the catacombs.

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I think poe had serious mental issues causing him to write oddly, like in "The Cask of Amontillado."

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I do not know how I came up with this analysis... I think that the reason why Poe uses first person point of view in narrating his stories is that he can feel that dark side in peopl's minds due to his personal experiences so it is easier for him to tell it from that view. I think it can be proved when you start feeling frightened or horrified as you read. It is not easy to convey a feeling of horror to readers by words unless you have what makes you able to do that and in Poe's case it is his miserable life.This life made him fed up with pessimestic thoughts to the extent that he is able to come up with the worst and most atrocious ideas.... It is only a personal opinion #It might be an exgggeration#

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