"The Cask of Amontillado" and the Revenge Theme
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This paper discusses how Edgar Allen Poe masterfully employs the element of revenge as the foundation of "The Cask of Amontillado." It looks at how, by adding irony and suspense, he engages us until the very end and is able to demonstrate his ability in tale-telling by building our curiosity as the story goes on. It shows how we are aware of Montresor's intentions from the very beginning of the story and, therefore, become engaged in the story to discover if he can actually fulfill his own deed. It concludes that "The Cask of Amontillado" is a good example of Poe's concise, tightly-woven prose, as well as his creative storytelling ability.
From the Paper:"Poe is able to demonstrate his ability of tale telling by building our curiosity as the story goes on. Clearly, we are aware of what the narrator has in mind and we become engaged in the story to discover if Montresor can actually fulfill his own deed. Fortunato finally becomes aware of what is happening to him and by whom, but he probably never discovers the reason why. These insignificant details do not matter to Montresor as long as he gets what he wants in the end. The suspense turns to shock when we realize that Montresor can not only carry out his plan, but that he carries it out without flinching."
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