In the story "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe, I want to explore the use of point of view to help drive the plot and help us understand the theme of revenge in this story. Through the use of point of view we can see the development of the characters thoughts and as the reader we feel a part of the crime that is being committed. At the beginning of the story the Montresor goes through his thoughts about the Fortunato such as that the Fortunato caused him "thousand injuries"(Poe, 183) and "insults"(183) but the reader is never given examples for what the Fortunato did to the Montresor. As the story goes on the reader is able to see the real plans of the Montresor and the reader sees the Montresor is really out for revenge for whatever the Fortunato did to him. We develop thoughts about the theme of revenge through the point of view of the Montresor and through the dialogue we see the plot develop.
As the story develops we see the dialogue develop as well. In the beginning we are immersed in the Montresor’s internal dialogue and we get a glimpse into his plan but we don’t quite understand what his actual plans are. The internal dialogue the Montresor goes through gives the story a dark tone from the very beginning and this continues through the rest of the story as it gets darker and darker. Then we see the first interactions with the Fortunato and we see the Montresor play to the abundance of pride the Fortunato has in his ability to distinguish an Amontillado from any other wine. At this moment in the story we get the sense that the Montresor isn’t really looking for someone to determine if his wine in his cellar is an Amontillado or not and we start to g...
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... the story with using the point of view of the murder and allows us to see the thought process while he is committing this heinous act of revenge.
The way Poe used all three elements is why this story is so gripping. Poe uses these elements to slowly reveal the plot and theme of the story masterfully, so the reader feels a part of the story and involved. Each element helps the other elements become stronger and adds to the story. With the use of dialogue and the use of first person point of view by Poe allowed the readers to develop thoughts about the theme revenge in the story. The internal and external dialogue also allowed the plot to develop as we see the action rise and fall after the climax of the story. With all three elements coming together the reader is able to become attached emotionally to the story and is what makes this story so good and captivating.
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