Analysis Of Edgar Allen Poe's Cask Of Amontillado

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In Edgar Allen Poe’s “Cask of Amontillado” the first person point of view narration is essential to creating the . The reason this is so important in this particular story, is because when a sane killer, Montresor, is allowed to tell the story from his point of view, the reader gets a unique, disturbing look into the calmness of his mind. The audience can more clearly see how he thinks and feels which the audience does not normally get in mainstream, commercial literature. The reason the narration style is so important to the tone of the story, is because it lets the reader become personally acquainted with the thoughts and intentions of the main character, and since the reader somewhat knows the outcome from the beginning, it allows certain ironies to make sense to the reader. Furthermore, were it…show more content…
The motto is translated as “no one can provoke me and get away with it” (Arp and Johnson, 620). This coat of arms is representational of Montresor, the snake, getting revenge on the crushing foot of Fortunato, with a bite. It is made even more ironic when in response to the description, Fortunato says “good!” not realizing how bad the interpretation of the coat of arms is for him. Poe’s first-person narration style in “The Cask of Amontillado” allows the reader to experience a different type of story, from an unusual perspective. By making a killer the narrator, and by making him familiar with the audience, we can see the situation in different darker light. Rather than focusing on the actual physicality and action that takes place in the story, Poe focuses on the thoughts and emotions of the main character, thus making for a more intimately disturbing story for the
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