Research. . .

November 23, 2011

Can “The Cask of Amontillado” be looked at as a sort of dream, sitting there to be analyzed not just by Poe, but his audience as well? Much of my research has shown that Poe has always been viewed as having a sort of perverse quality to his writing. In focusing on this aspect, is it correct to assume that Poe is truly some sort of deviant? Or perhaps, could Poe simply be taking images from his mind and focusing on them to the point where he develops a coherent tale that has a carefully laid out plot? Focusing on Freud’s work on dreams would be a great lens to use for this topic. Pieces written about Poe, and those that were crafted by Poe himself, seem to indicate that he is most definitely not a madman like the narrator of “The Cask of Amontillado.” In addition to simply reading criticism about the piece, I should also look up articles about Freud’s interpretation of dreams, as well as those that comment on Poe’s work methods.

One Response to “Research. . .”

  1.   Kevin L. Ferguson said:

    Sounds like a really interesting avenue of investigation. This certainly raises the New Critical question of whether or not to pay attention to the author of a text when interpreting the text.

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