Catherine E. Holland
English 1302 WMW1
8 April 2012
Annotated Bibliography: “The Cask of Amontillado”
Baraban, Elena V. “E.V. Baraban: Murder in “The Cask of Amontillado.”” RMMLA Homepage. Rocky Mountain Review, 28 Oct. 2004. Web. 05 Apr. 2012. Though murder is the centerpiece of “The Cask of Amontillado,” it is not typical of mysteries with similar subject matter, because the murderer tells the reader how he commits his crime. Poe leaves the reader with many questions. The story, according Baraban, centers around the mystery of why Montressor feels compelled to kill. The reader must first answer other questions to make this determination. Has Montressor truly fulfilled his desire to avenge Fortunato …show more content…
As pointed out by Gilder, we have all experienced the sentiment expressed in this short story, and don 't immediately know how to process it. By this means, Gilder claims that Pow asserts and exercises a strong influence over the reader 's imagination (10). Long after reading “The Cask of Amontillado,” the journey continues as the questions continue to rear their heads, and much of that is because of the real-life emotions experienced by the characters.
Hawkins, Willard E. “Fiction “Phases.”” The Editor: The Journal of Information for Literary Workers 37.5 (1913): 131. Print. Hawkins interprets that many of Montressor 's feelings are “left up to the imagination (131),” but ultimately asserts that Poe wraps up the story because “The first phase [of the story] shows a consuming desire, the last phase shows the desire satisfied (131).” Hawkins apparently does not view Montressor 's fond farewell to his victim as a conflict, which begs more questions. Reynolds, David S. “On “The Cask of Amontillado.”” Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Robert DiYanni. 6th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2007. 183-84.