Edgar Allan Poe is an American writer who is known for his dark clandestine way of writing

Edgar Allan Poe is an American writer who is known for his dark clandestine way of writing. Edgar Allan Poe had written short stories and poems, most of his life in the European literature world. He has focused mainly on a dark and mysterious theme. In Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories, “The Cask of Amontillado”, and “The Tell-Tale Heart,” he shows his perplexing skills. Although, he was under-appreciated, he still influenced a lot of people to write about horror and fear. The image of creative writing in the horror genre was not preferred by a lot of readers. However, once they read Poe’s stories, their interests were sparked. Throughout the use of symbolism, foreshadowing and the dialogue of a character, Edgar Allan Poe’s employs betrayal as a theme in many of his stories, particularly in “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”.
As stated online biography, Edgar Allan Poe created short stories that focused on betrayal and death. Assuming this mind set came from the life he lived from the beginning. January 9th1809 a baby boy was born, his mother, Elizabeth Arnold Poe and his father David Poe. The father who was from a good Baltimore Family, was a mediocre actor and a heavy drinker who was soon to desert his wife and vanished forever. On the other hand, his mother, Elizabeth Arnold Poe, was a good actress, but she did in fact pass away of tuberculosis in Richmond, Virginia, in December 1811 at the age of 24. These sudden life changing events warped Edgar Allan Poe into the writer he was. Throughout Edgar Allan Poe’s life, one will learn that a lot of bad and strange things happened at the age of twenty-four to multiple people in his life. His mother died at twenty-four, he married his wife at twenty-four, while she was thirteen and his wife died at the age of twenty-four. Throughout Edgar Allan Poe’s life, he lived a life of betrayal and that is to be, believed where his stories of betrayal and death came from. (American writers)
In “The Cask of Amontillado”, Edgar Allan Poe focuses on revenge because of the amount of betrayal he has encountered throughout his life. This short story shows the actions taken toward Fortunato occurred because he had laughed at Montresor’s name of his honored family. Montresor has had enough of Fortunato! Throughout the story being told, a few details of symbolism were noticed. Symbolism is a style using symbolic images and indirect suggestion to express mystical ideas, emotions and states of mind. Fortunato means Fortunate in Italian, very strange name for someone that is about to be trapped behind a wall in the catacombs. Also, Montresor’s behavior toward Fortunato is described as follows: “It must be understood that neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will.” (Lorcher)
Edgar Allan Poe’s use of dialogue in this short story is abnormal. In the beginning, Montresor tells Fortunato (The Unfortunate) that he has just bought a cask of Amontillado (wine) at a bargain price and needs a connoisseur to taste it, to make sure it is a good wine. They go to Montresor’s mansion together. It would be natural for Fortunato to ask a lot of questions about the wine, but Poe has supplied this character with a bad cold and a hacking. (Delaney) This portion shows a great idea of how Edgar Allan Poe creates a dialogue in this short story.
Edgar Allan Poe’s use of foreshadowing creates an disturbed atmosphere within the short story. Because Montresor tells the audience that he seeks revenge against Fortunato at the beginning of the story, much of what Montresor says both foreshadows and reminds the audience of Fortunato’s impending unfortunate ending. “This Latin phrase translated to, “No one attacks me with impunity.” This all-too-appropriate motto, along with the lurid coat of arms, are most likely totally fictitious. Montresor may be inventing them for the pleasure of hinting at what he intends to do to Fortunato. Fortunato’s response suggests that he doesn’t understand Latin and is only pretending to understand the motto.” (Wesley) This is a prime example of foreshadowing in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” not only does is give a warning to the audience of a future event, it also shows how Montresor is witty with his hint to intend to go through with his gruesome plan. (Wesley)
In “The Tell-Tale Heart” short story, Edgar Allan Poe uses symbolizes to show the narrator’s guilt. The guilt of killing the old man, not because the old man did anything wrong to the killer, but because of his unwelcoming eye made the killer uncomfortable day and night. As the narrator (the kiler) describes his actions, he’s trying to convince the reader that he isn’t crazy, although he’s describing his murder to the reader. “As said above Edgar Allan Poe uses symbolism in “The Tell-Tale Heart”. The narrator uses the heartbeat and that heartbeat, he is talking about is his!” (Cambell)
In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Tell-Tale Heart”, the dialogue is a conversation between the narrator and the reader. The narrator says, “It took me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that I could see him as he lay upon his bed”. (shmoop editorial team) Edgar Allan Poe in fact does reassure us that we’re in a dark, mysterious tale, where only the darkest things happen. When they do happen, the murder is so careful his action takes a lengthy time because he does want the old man to look at him with that scarce eye.
Foreshadowing is one of the reader’s best resources to read an Edgar Allan Poe story. Foreshadowing offers clues and warnings to the reader about what will happen later in the story, bad or good! “Edgar Allan Poe uses foreshadowing to hint that the sense of hearing, the narrator explains that his hearing is acute, and that not only can he hear things on earth, but in heaven and hell, a statement in which hints at his sanity.” (enotes) One can truly read that the narrator was trying to get the reader to believe him. The narrator wanted the reader to understand that he had reasoning behind his action and everything leading to the old mans death.
Edgar Allan Poe died October 7, 1849, He was best known for his short stories and poems, although he went through an appalling eventful life, he made use of his life events. One who has read his stories, could believe that he wrote everything for a reason. I believe he wrote in a mysterious and horror way to cope with the way his life turned out. Writing this way, did give him sort of a therapeutic benefit. His Imaginative writing in classics like “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Cask of a Tell-Tale Heart” will forever be the beginning of detective stories.