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Research Proposal During the eighteenth, pre-mature burial was considered capital punishment in Europe. According to Europe, it was considered a Rite of social purification, it was also said that premature burial was a severe punishment for sexual offenses. According to Robert Morsberger, the fear was the buried person would still be conscious is Edgar Allan Poes fear. In The Cask of Amontillado a man named Monstresor holds a grudge against Fortunato, but reason for the grudge is not told. Monstresor tells Fortunato that there is wine in the cellar, so he leads drunken Fortunato through a series of chambers beneath his palazzo. When they reach the last chamber, Monstresor chains Fortunato to the wall, and then builds a new wall to block him in, and leaves him to die. Poe expresses his emotions through the character Monstresor by giving little information of the setting but giving details about his revenge. As Ira Mark Milne was describing, Poes stories were brilliant and terrifying because he brought his hard life into the story. Introducing Monstresor and Fortunato, Poe uses Monstresor as his conscience to explain his emotions for revenge. As Monstresor leads Fortunato deeper into the catacomb, his chance of freedom is decreasing. This is a sign that Monstresors plan for revenge is succeeding but at the same time he fears the conscious of the person buried alive. Many readers find it difficult to figure out the setting of the story which was Poes last priority; his main goal was to explain his revenge with specifically chosen words. Both Edgar Allan Poe and the Cask of Amontillado is a great combination to use psychoanalytic criticism to describe Poes technique of embedding his thoughts and emotions through a character.