Zheng Zhong - The Cask of Amontillado Analysis

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Zheng Zhong English Composition II Professor Kenneth Rose 16 June 2013 The Cask of Amontillado This story seems to be a classic example of the style that Edgar Allan Poe advanced over the course of his career. On the first read the point of the story seems simple and confusing, but after reading it few more times we can conclude that Poe made what seemed to be very simple setting into a very interesting mind-involving puzzle. Edgar Allan Poe showed his brilliance once again in The Cask of Amontillado by allowing unreliable narrator to tell the story. The author makes his main character a narrator in the story, which puts him in control of how the story is told. To make the story even more complex, Poe left out an integral part of the background by not providing evidence that would elaborate on Montresor’s allegation regarding thousands injuries and the insult made by Fortunato (Poe, p.1). The story describes the vengeance and subversive homicide as an unusual answer to the insult. Interestingly, the author did not include any legal issues in this story, which additionally complicates the plot. It is very strange that Montresor punished Fortunato without ever mentioning any aspect of the motive for such action. It is obvious that certain conflict exist, but the readers are not sure to what extent above mentioned insult can justify the murder. Montresor
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