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Perspectives and Shenanigans

  • Date Submitted: 04/22/2012 09:17 PM
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Not everyone who speaks tells the truth.   Not everyone can be trusted.   When deciding whether someone is telling the truth or not, one looks in to see if that person is a reliable source.   The point of view in a story allows readers to judge and feel a certain way about the characters in the story.   In the short story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” Edgar Allan Poe’s theme, diction, and mood brings out the main character and his intentions through first person.
Throughout the story, Edgar Allan Poe brings out the point of view through theme to give readers an idea on the works of human nature.   In the first paragraph, Montresor’s intentions are subliminally brought out when he says, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge”(Poe 174).   In this quote, the author describes what kind of person Montresor is and what he is after, which leads the reader to see that this story is based off of a hatred that is yearning for revenge.   Similar to reality, people often wish to do harm to others because of an unfortunate incident.   Another part of the theme would be the part where Montresor goes through the phases of evilness and possible guilt when he has finally trapped Fortunato as he described it as, “No answer still.   I thrust a torch through the remaining aperture and let it fall within.   There came forth in return only a jingling of the bells.   My heart grew sick¾on account of the dampness of the catacombs.   I hastened to make an end of my labor.   I forced the last stone into its position; I plastered it up.   Against the new masonry I reerected the old rampart of bones.   For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them.   In pace requiescat”(Poe 179).   Montresor’s actions shows that man is able to control himself, but he cannot let his brain interfere with what his heart thinks is right.   If he is to ignore his heart and mind then that may lead him in the wrong direction.   In Montresor’s case,...


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