The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

In "The Cask of Amontillado," Edgar Allan Poe uses several different artistic choices in the construction of the story. He manipulates the story to be the way he wants it to be by using the point of view of the narrator, the setting, and a common monotonous sentiment throughout. Poe is successful in maintaining a "spirit of perverseness" that is prevalent in most of his works.

The point of view plays a very important role 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" (O’Neill 666). Montresor, the narrator of the story, immediately tries to win the reader to his side by telling him that Fortunato has "ventured upon insult," and apparently crossed over the line. This attempt is clever, but the reader never gets a sense of what Fortunato has actually done to the narrator. This fact alone raises the question in my mind as to whether Fortunato has really insulted Montresor, or whether Montresor is creating it in his own mind.

The point of view of the story can also affect the emotional attachment that the reader gets, or fails to get in this case, for a given character. When a reader is involved in a story, the point of view from where the story is being told is crucial to the feelings the reader has. In this story, Montresor dominates the progression of the story in every regard. In other words, the reader only knows what Montresor tells him, or what he can infer from the story. This being the case, it is difficult for the reader to develop a...

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...aying for the narrator, it is a phrase of triumph. The triumph of the narrator, and ultimately perverseness, over justice, makes "The Cask of Amontillado" one of Poe's most unique works and is an example of Poe's perversity at its best.

Work Cited

"Plot Summary: 'The Cask of Amontillado'." DISCovering Authors. Online ed. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Student Resource Center - Gold. Gale. Brevard County School District Main. 22 May 2008

"What a Tricke Weele Serve Him: A Possible Source for Poes The Cask of Amontillado (Notes)." Student Resource Center. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2007. Student Resource Center - Gold. Gale. Brevard County School District Main. 22 May 2008

O’Neill, Edward The Complete Tales and poems of Edgar Allan Poe, New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1992
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