Cask Of Amontillado

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Critical Analysis of “The Cask of Amontillado” The first person point of view used in “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe, gives the reader a deeper understanding of Montresor’s psyche. Typically, stories reveal less to the reader to create suspense and keep the story interesting. However, the first person narration of Poe’s story from the eyes of the “villain” gives the reader an understanding for the reasoning behind Montresor’s actions. Doing this, Poe creates a story that has a grip to it that sets it apart and would have otherwise lacked. Poe introduces the reader to Montresor for the first time here, “You, who know so well the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat.” (Poe 635) Immediately, Poe forms a connection between the audience and the narrator. The connection presented in this sentence is imperative to the…show more content…
You are rich, respected, admired beloved: you are happy, as once I was. You are a man to be missed.” (655) The reader can find irony in every single one of Montresor’s previous comments considering the fact he drug him down to the cellar to kill him. He points out all of the positive things in Fortunato’s life knowing he would be the cause of his death in a few minutes making all of those things meaningless. Similar irony in Montresor pointing out how Fortunato would be missed, knowing he would be the one to make sure he was forever gone. A different point of view would change these comments being ironic. Irony adds another element to the story to evoke interest, and without Montresor narrating, the reader would not have been aware that there was any irony at
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