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Earnhart1 Michaela Earnhart Mrs. Tieman C.P. English 12 / dual 03/03/2014 Morbidity of Literature Morbidity.

To be unwholesomely gloomy, gruesome, and grisly. In one of Nadine Gordimers pieces the idea of being unwholesomely gloomy is well captivated. Marked by a society plagued by crime, citizens lower themselves to live in personal prisons. The story provides the question, can too much of something be indeed harmful? The overall conclusion is yes, as it takes a life of the young boy. This gruesome nature can also be found in much of Edgar Allen Poes works like that of The Cask of Amontillado. He is seen as a morbid, mysterious figure lurking in the shadows of moonlit cemeteries or crumbling castles. This is the Poe of legend. Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. Edgar Allan Poe's, "The Cask of Amontillado," draws the reader, who enjoys dark and morbid tales, into experiencing the diabolic schemes of a murderer's mind and soul. He shows us that insulting words can carve at a man's sanity. "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge." In a comparison between Poes Cask of Amontillado and Gordimers Once Upon A Time, it is safe to say that Poes piece is more morbid with a twisted end, leaving this readers in a state of awe. Themes. The key insights to the stories gruesome tail. In Once Upon A Time families live in a society full of crime. But to please herfor he loved her very much and buses were being burned, cars stoned, and schoolchildren shot by the police in those quarters out of sight and

Earnhart2 hearing of the suburb...(para. 10) These families begin to put up walls, wire and securities systems. he herself often was, with responsibility for the possessions of the man and his wife and the little boy that she implored her employers to have burglar bars attached to the doors and windows of the house, and an alarm system installed. The wife said, She is right, let us take heed of her advice. So from every window and door in the house where they were living happily ever after they now saw the trees and sky through bars(para. 11) So much is done to keep them and their children safe, but too much of something can be over all destructive rather than being beneficial. As a result, in the end, there was the bloody death of a child. Likewise, The Cask of Amontillado, the death was the product of revenge for a offended ego. The narrator had a plan, kill his friend, the one who throw him insults. I must not only punish, but punish with impunity (para.1 The Cask of Amontillado). As a resolution the narrator buried his friend alive. Although, with the fact that nobody was around, the stories have a sort of equality. Except that the innocent was helped and Fortunato was only accompanied by his thoughts. Throughout the story the shortcoming death is foreshadowed with irony. Though the readers know otherwise, the narrator acts as if the health and the life of Fortunato is precious. He says, We will go back; your health is precious. You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was. You are a man to be missed. For me it is no matter. Fortunato is driven by his pride and says that a pedley cough will not be the death of him. Another foreshadowing event is when the two men speak of the masons. A mason, I replied./ A sign," he said, a sign./ It is this, I answered, producing from beneath the folds of my roquelaire a trowel. This excerpt hints that of how Mr. Montresor intends to kill his friend. Would you rather, in your last breath, be a prince or a lowly Sharecropper? That was the case for the little boy in the story of Once Upon A Time. Innocently wanting to kiss the

Earnhart3 beautiful princess to awake her from eternal sleep. The brave prince has to crawl through the thicket of thorns to get to the tower of Sleeping Beauty, but thats only a fairy tail. The little boy finds his own thicket of thorns, which just so happens to be a coil of barbed wire. It was the ugliest but the most honest in its suggestion of the pure concentration-camp style, no frills, all evident efficacy. Placed the length of walls, it consisted of a continuous coil of stiff and shining metal serrated into jagged blades, so that there would be no way of climbing over it and no way through its tunnel without getting entangled in its fangs. There would be no way out, only a struggle getting bloodier and bloodier, a deeper and sharper hooking and tearing of flesh. The adventure leaves him unrecognizable. Though it may be grotesque but in my mind the story does not compare to that of The Cask of Amontillado. Nemo me impune lacessit, No one attacks me with impunity. The family motto of the narrator in The Cask of Amontillado. The coat of arms is that of "A huge human foot d'or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel. The dragon shall strike again taking the life of Fortunato. The narrator, driven by his twisted revenge for Fortunato, draws his friend into the Catacombs of the Montresors. Mr. Montresors leads him on, baiting him with the sweet nectar, Medoc. Upon reaching the end of the catacombs, Mr. Montresor fettered (chained) him to the granite. Fortunato, still astonished by the sudden turn of events watched as Mr. Montresor reveals i large amount of building stones and mortar. With these materials and the aid of my trowel, I began vigorously to wall up the entrance of the niche.(para. 74) Leaving him to rot in his own fears and rationality. The revenge of the narrator not only killed dear Fortunato, but also corrupted his mind. A slow killer. With all the evidence laid out it is now easy to see the proof. Literature is a common place for this morbidity, especially older literature. This grotesque form of writing is what

Earnhart4 captivates the attention of many readers. Leaving them in a state of awe. Even writers today are able to imitate that of their predecessors, though they add in more modern appeals. Nadine Gordimers Once Upon a Time , published in 1989, could have been a piece influenced by Poes twisted works. Its a mystery. I know personally my fictional writing often pull in traits like that of Poes writing style. Although some old styles arent seen much through literature, common trait often find a way to weave themselves through more common pieces of writing. Words are knowledge and Knowledge is power.