The Cask Of Amontillado Literary Analysis

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In his short story The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe employs imagery to emphasize the murderous extremes of betrayal. The image of “...[his] smile... at the thought of [Fortunato’s] immolation,” depicts a sense of unknown evil. The reader realizes that Montresor will continue to project fabricated kindness toward Fortunato, even while planning his death. This becomes significant as Montresor flatters the drunk Fortunato to lead him to his death. Due to his use of precise diction, the author conveys the lengths Montresor will go to obtain his revenge. The picture of “...there remained but a single stone to be fitted and plastered in,” depicts a state of near finality. The reader realizes that the cycle of betrayal remains incomplete,
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