Poe's Inside a Killers Mind

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Inside a killer's mind “You can’t use logic on human behavior.” (Jeff Lindsay, Darkly dreaming Dexter). The short story "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe is a story of disturbing events, foul play, and revenge. What's so disturbing is the lengths Montressor goes to gain his 'revenge'. How we get such insight is through the wonderful written first person view of Poe. Point of view can be so crucial to a story. The reason first person is so important to this particular story is because, when a tale from a rational killer, Montresor, is allowed to tell the story from his point of view, the reader experiences a unique, disturbing look into the tranquility of his mind. The audience can thoroughly understand how he interprets the situation and feels. Something the audience does not normally experience in short stories. I know if it were told from a different perspective, the story would not have been as emotionally effective. Poe's first-person style of narration creates a more personal connection between the reader and the narrator, Montresor. He, for the most part talks to the audience in a very formal tone as if he shares a close bond with the reader: "You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat" (Poe,402). This is one of the first lines of the story, but can all assume the narrator is good friends with the reader. Allowing the Montresor to speak freely and explain his dark secret in juicy detail. This pulls the reader in, they want to read more. This helps the reader to see inside the dark depths of Montresor's mind, who we later on learn is a killer. When talking about the past insults of Fortunato, the reader takes notice to Montresor's drastic change of tone, “..I must not only punish, but punish with impunity...” (Poe, 402). This clearly foreshadows what is to come, but not into

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