The Cask of Amontillado | Critical Essay by Walter Stepp

This literature criticism consists of approximately 11 pages of analysis & critique of The Cask of Amontillado.
This section contains 3,198 words
(approx. 11 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Walter Stepp

Critical Essay by Walter Stepp

SOURCE: "The Ironic Double in Poe's The Cask of Amontillado'," in Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. XIII, No. 4, Fall, 1976, pp. 447-53.

In the following essay, Stepp casts Fortunato as a "negative" image of Montresor's doppelgänger, comparing Fortunato's function to that of the double in Poe's story "William Wilson."

In Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," an heraldic emblem offers a suggestive entrance into the story. Descending into the catacombs of Montresor's failed family, Fortunato says, "I forget your arms."1 It is one of his numberous blind, unintentional insults. The proud Montresor, biding his time, blinks not and replies: "A huge human foot d'or, in a field of azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are embedded in the heel."

"And the motto?"

"Nemo me impune lacessit."

"Good!" he said. (p. 276)

The brief scene highlights the major...

(read more)

This section contains 3,198 words
(approx. 11 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Walter Stepp
Follow Us on Facebook