Essay on Edgar Allan Poe 's The Cask Of Amontillado

1260 Words Oct 11th, 2016 6 Pages
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado (The Cask) is a dark story, like many of those for which he is known. However, this one varies slightly from the others in some subtle ways. The Cask is told from the perspective of an antagonist, like a handful of other stories, and features an unreliable narrator recounting his actions and, in some cases, transgressions. While The Cask features a murder, a common theme in Poe’s works, it does leave one important element to be discovered. While the audience becomes intimately familiar with the inner workings of Montresor’s mind and bears second-hand witness to the actions of the nights of Carnival, the motive is left completely to the wonderings of the audience. Several attempts have been made by varying sources to identify or ponder this motive. “The Motive for Murder in ‘The Cask of Amontillado’ by Edgar Allen Poe” by Elena Baraban of the University of Victoria is one such example of an essay that serves as a foray into the writing style of Edgar Allan Poe and the inferences and conclusions to which one could leap from the work. This work attempts to journey into one of Poe’s most mysterious works and reveal to its readers the answers to that mystery. Elena Baraban claims, “…the story contains all the information necessary for finding an explanation for Montresor’s heinous deed,” and there is certainly an argument to be made.
Elena takes an analytical approach to the work and to Poe himself from the beginning, citing examples…

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