The Cask of Amontillado Break Down

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The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe is written in the first person point of view. The narrator uses past tense to describe the situation as if he is reminiscing: “It was about dusk, one evening…that I encountered my friend” (116). Montresor is the protagonist and there are not any shifts from his point of view. We can trust this narrator for the most part, considering he is very exaggeratory in describing the story hence we cannot trust that Fortunato has done anything so unthinkable to him to deserve his cruel punishment. Poe presents a narrator who is vile and brutal. He is a murderer who is open to admitting this and he believes that he is right in performing this task. Poe is trying to show that when in first person perspective, there may not always be trust or preference of the narrator. Poe has written this story in a form so that the audience feels more sympathy for Fortunato rather than the narrator. He does not give the reason why Montresor wants revenge on this poor man, leaving the option open that the narrator may be simply mad. This passage implies sympathy toward Fortunato: “Will not they be waiting in the palazzo, the Lady Fortunato and the rest? Let is be gone” “Yes,” I said, “let us be gone.” “For the love of God, Montresor!” (121). Poe adds in the fact that Fortunato has a family, causing feelings of sympathy and heartache and making our narrator seem merciless and

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