Essay on Edgar Allan Poe 's The Cask Of Amontillado

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“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe is a short story full of suspense, mystery, and irony. Edgar Allan Poe ensures that the reader is engaged as well as entertained while reading his stories by using various literary techniques such as hyperbole, suspense, mystery, and irony. The use of these literary techniques in Poe’s stories allows him to develop his plot without losing his audience’s attention. In this short story Montresor, who is the narrator, is carefully planning his revenge on Fortunato, an unfortunate soul who walks blindly into his demise.
Since the beginning of the short story the reader is able to see that Fortunato has clearly offended Montresor with an insult. This causes Montresor to seek vengeance and make Fortunato pay for offending him. As stated by Montresor “THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge”(Bedford 535). The reference to the injuries that Fortunato makes is a hyperbole to show the effects of Fortunato’s insults and how much pain they cause Montresor. Not only does this show the characterization of Montresor as a sensitive individual, but it also demonstrates to the reader the personality of Fortunato who seems to be a spiteful person. Montresor is clearly in search of retribution for a wrongdoing. He is calm and makes sure he thoroughly thinks of a plan before he makes any final decisions. This is key in planning out his revenge plan. Poe makes…

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