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“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe


Poe uses the usual formal of storytelling, which involves an introduction, argument, obstacle, highlight, anticipation, and end. This straightforward method makes the essay flow, and it becomes easily understandable. Poe introduces Fortunato and Montresor, explains the cause of their conflict, resolution to the conflict, and the eventual effect of the resolution. It is an easily understandable story that discusses revenge, even though the narrator is not reliable, because of his bad intentions.

The story is significant because it explores human relations and the causes and effects of revenge. It is meaningful because it analyses the causes of conflicts among people and the resultant effect. Poe’s story explains the conniving nature of friends who may intend to cause harm to their friends. Society is full of fake people who can stab their friends in a planned manner. The story highlights the revengeful nature of some unforgiving humans. From another viewpoint, it satisfies the say that every cause has an effect.

Edgar Poe uses a cold-hearted narrator, in the form of Montresor, who has a wicked and controlling point of view. Seen by analysts as a perfect short story, “The Cask of Amontillado” presents several twists of irony. For example, it mentions gruesome events happening in a carnival mood (Poe 3). This is quite disturbing, and relatable to contemporary society. Montresor smiles with affection and this fools Fortunato. The smile was a satanic smile, filled with ill motive because it anticipated Fortunato’s funeral.

The story is a common example of the use of an untrustworthy storyteller. Poe tells the story from Montresor’s point of view, and for that reason, a reader explores the beliefs of a killer from the eyes of a character in the story. The title of the story is not even understandable unless translated from Spanish, but in the end, there is some prophetic message about revenge.

Work Cited
Poe, Edgar. The Cask of Amontillado. Elegant eBooks, 1846.

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