''The Cask of Amontillado'' by Edgar Allan Poe

Contributor: Rebecca Hann. Lesson ID: 10792

Do you have a coat of arms? No, not a coat with arms — a coat of arms symbolizes your family name! Create one as you discover symbolism in one of Poe's most famous short stories!


Literary Studies

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

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • How far would you go to get revenge for someone who wronged you?

Watch this funny video of animals getting revenge.

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There aren't any animals in Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Cask of Amontillado," but it does show the extremes some people will take to get even!

  • Is revenge ever right?
  • Have you ever 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 a better person?

Edgar Allan Poe was a famous writer from the 1800s who wrote both prose and poetry. Well known for his mystery and horror works, his death in 1849 is surrounded by mystery as well.

Explore this Poe Biography to learn more about his life, work, and death.

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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 story's context.

  • Can you think of any symbols that you see in your daily life?

Watch the two videos below to understand better how symbolism is used in literature.

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  • Why might a writer use symbolism in their writing?

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

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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, move to the Got It? section.

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