THE CASK OF
Edgar Allan Poe
|"The Cask of Amontillado" is a
chilling story, but Poe also uses humorous elements as the narrator recounts his
experience with Fortunato.
|"The Cask of Amontillado" uses
a first-person narrator (a narrator that is a character in the story), and, sometimes,
first-person narrators can be unreliable.
|Although the narrator seems to assume
that his actions are justified, he certainly can be interpreted as a villain.
|The narrator never specifies why he
hates Fortunato. Instead, he states only that Fortunato caused "a thousand
injuries" to the narrator and eventually "ventured upon insult."
|Every story must exist in a certain time
and place, and we refer to the time and place of a story as the "setting."
|"Theme" can be defined as
"a comment about the human condition that a writer makes through his or her
work," and a theme or themes are often what make a work of literature relevant to all
of our lives.