''The Cask of Amontillado''

Contributor: Rebecca Hann. Lesson ID: 10792

Do you have a Coat of Arms? Of course, your coat has arms, but learn about symbolism from Edgar Allen Poe and some informative videos, then design your own Coat of Arms to symbolize your family name!


Literary Studies

English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


How far would you go to get revenge on someone who has wronged you? Hopefully, you wouldn't. But, in this story by Edgar Allan Poe, you will see the extremes some people will take to get even!

Is revenge ever right?

Have you even been in a situation where you planned to get revenge on someone who you felt wronged you in some way? How did you feel? Does revenge ever make you the better person? Discuss these questions with your parent or teacher before continuing with the lesson.

Edgar Allan Poe was a famous writer from the 1800s who wrote both prose and poetry. In the previous Related Lesson, found in the right-hand sidebar, you learned he was well-known for his works of mystery and horror. His own death in 1849 is surrounded by mystery as well. More information about Edgar Allan Poe can be found at The Poe Museum. Poe often used symbolism within his works to give the readers clues or insight into the story.

  • Symbolism is a literary technique in which some things should not be taken literally because they represent something else. Symbolism is when one thing represents another thing.
  • Symbolism can be used with an object, person, situation, event, or action.
  • Something is symbolic when it has a deeper meaning in the context of the story.

Can you think of any symbols that you see in your daily life? Share your answers with your teacher or parent.

Watch these videos to get a better understanding of how symbolism is used in literature. After watching, explain to your teacher or parent, in your own words, why a writer may use symbolism in his or her writing:



A Lesson in Symbolism - Discuss the questions at the end of the video with your parent or teacher:


Explore the Common Symbols slideshow to learn some of the most commonly-used literary symbols and what they often mean.

Now that you know about symbolism, think about a book you have recently read. As you review it in your head, create a list of a few symbols you can think of from the book and what they represent.

Once your list is complete, share it with your teacher or parent.

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