Annotated Bibliography: The Motive for Murder in 'The Cask of Amontillado'
Baraban, Elena V. "The Motive for Murder in 'The Cask of Amontillado'." Rocky Mountain Review 58.2 (Fall 2004): 47-62. Rpt. in Short Story Criticism. Vol. 111. Detroit: Gale, 2008. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 14 May 2011. Elena Baraban begins her critical essay with the bold statement of how "Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" has never failed to puzzle its readers" . She then continues with a brief description of the actual story and her perspective of Montresor and Fortunato. Baraban continues by adding conclusions of commentators and her opinion on those conclusions. Baraban moves onto her next explanation and break down of the "Author" of "The Cask of Allontiado" style of writing. Baraban explains how each of the "Authors" writing provide all the information the "reader" needs to solve the mystery of why Montresor murdered Fortunato. The time period gets broken down by the details presented in the writing. Baraban explains how " Some critics tend to read the story as a tale set in the Middle ages or Renaissance" Then continues by explaining how the " Carnival and the description of the family catacombs and wine cellar all strengthen such view". She elaborates on different critics opinions of the time period and how they have come to their conclusions. Baraban explains in detail all the foreshadowing and how she has interpreted it. She explained how "Foolish" Fortunato is for not seeing that all of Montresors " Words and actions had double meaning" she supports this statement with quotes from the story along with her conclusion of the quotes. Baraban's criticism breaks her opinion down along with the opinions of other critics. She provides terminology along with her explanation of each term during the time frame of this story. Baraban continues to provide quotes along with her interpretation. Baraban ends her criticism with her perspective of the ending of the...
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