The Cask of Amontillado by Poe

“The Cask of Amontillado” has remained one of the more perplexing of Poe’s stories, and is frequently anthologized. It is told from the point of view of Montresor, who seems to be speaking to someone (an auditor – “You, who so well know the nature of my soul…”) and who includes and omits information from his own story – making him, to most readers, a rather unreliable narrator (a phenomenon generally only associated with the first-person point of view).

What does Montresor include, and more importantly, what does he omit in his recreation of the situation? How does he portray Fortunato? How does he portray himself? What are your thoughts, observations, and questions on “The Cask of Amontillado,” especially in relation to NARRATION and POINT OF VIEW?

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