Itâ€™s the Little Things That Tell the Story
In â€œThe Cask of Amontilladoâ€ by Edgar Allen Poe the author is able to capture the readers attention and bring to life a setting that is seething with death, darkness and anguish creating the perfect backdrop for tale of final retribution.Edgar Allan Poe would take pieces of history and fears that society had in his day and incorporate them into his stories so that the horror would be taken to a whole new level without even having to elaborate on some of the smallest details. Throughout the story there are several details the Poe included into his narrative that might have been normally dismissed. If the reader were to stop and take their time to analyze the details, do a little research and some reading the reader will find that each detail ...view middle of the document...
Such a small detail can be over looked but the ringing bell signifies the act of being buried alive, which was the fear of the time. So in order to subdue peoples fear they started being buried with a sting tied around part of their body that led to a bell at the surface so it could be rung if ever someone was burred alive. The eeriness of the bell ringing while Montressor is walling in Fortunado speaks volumes when the reader considers the meaning behind it. Platizky also mention that the bell also may not symbolize the resurrection of Fortunado but the â€œthe living memory of Montressorâ€™s revenge.â€
Some little known background information on the motto and crest of Montressorâ€™s family is that its creation came from the battle between the Scots and the Danes and is now the motto of Scotland. The thistle in the insignia is there because when the Danes were trying to sneak up on the Scotts someone stepped on a thistle and cried out in pain thus alerting the Scotts to their whereabouts and they were wiped out in battle. Since then the motto â€œNemo me impunelacessitâ€, (No one insults me with impunity), has become attached to the meaning of someone doing something that brings about their own demise. (Cervo)In Poeâ€™s story â€œCask of the Amontilladoâ€ he replaces the thistle with the image of a snake biting the foot of someone who has stepped on it, but its still bring about the parallelism between the two instances by connecting them with the motto.
Cervo, Nathan. "Poe's 'The Cask Of Amontillado'." Explicator 51.3 (1993): 155-156. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 25 July 2013.
Platizky, Roger. "Poe's 'The Cask Of Amontillado'." Explicator 57.4 (1999): 206-209. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 25 July 2013.
Poe, Edgar Allan. "The Cask of Amontillado." Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandell. 8th ed. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2013. Print.330-335