The Cask of Amontillado

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A Prose Criticism: The Cask of Amontillado Elaborately designed, masterfully crafted, and macabre to an astounding degree, “The Cask of Amontillado” is an example of Poe's typical horror short story setting. A combination of irony and pure terror, strewn with subversive, eerie elements allow the reader to enjoy the tale on a wide range of levels. Powerful and recurring themes are often attributed to Poe, claiming that it is his style. Some of these themes are in themselves an orb of mystery and imagination. This is the name of the book in which Poe had published his many short stories, among which is found “The Cask of Amontillado”. Despite the laconic nature of his tales, Poe adequately communicates complex motifs and emotions, including revenge and hurt pride, by means of the concise diction and vivid settings. Poe's story depicts a premeditated murder, Montresor, the narrator vows to take revenge upon Fortunato for an insult. The point of view is a crucial element in influencing the reader's perception of the story. The first line of the story is a good example of how the narrator attempts to bring the reader to his side right from the start. "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge" Here he tries to sway the reader to his side by indicating that Fortunato has crossed the line and insulted him. This is a sly device as he never mentions what Fortunato has actually done. This raises the question, whether Fortunato has really insulted Montresor, or whether Montresor is spinning a web of deceit. This puts the sanity of our narrator into question. This is brought again up when Fortunato is trapped behind the wall, Montresor re-echoes and even outdoes Fortunato’s yelling. The story ends with Montresor’s words “In pace requiescat!” (May he rest in peace). His words contradict his
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