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's insult, since he fails to make himself felt as such to his victim? Why, if he is set on getting revenge through murder, does Montressor try — throughout the story — to compel Fortunato to reverse course? Why does he bid a fond farewell to his victim, if not for the conflict he feels? For all readers, Baraban offers a roadmap into the minds of Poe and his protagonist. Buranelli, Vincent. “Critical Views on "The Cask of Amontillado.”” Edgar Allan Poe: Comprehensive Research and Study Guide. EBook ed. Chelsea House, 1999. 59. EBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 8 Apr. 2012.
Despite that it is Fortunato's vanity that ultimately seals his fate, and that Montressor plans and
carries out a heinous crime, Buranelli claims that the terrible deeds are matters of psychology and not of ethics (59). Although Buranelli offers an intriguing angle, Poe's storyline is heavily dependent upon on ethics, illustrated by the victim's previous violent and insulting behavior toward his killer, and the killer's apparent conflict after leaving his friend to die. Gilder, J. L., and J. B. Gilder, eds. "The Critic." Mystery in Fiction and Real Life 5.105 (1886): 10. Print. Perhaps the real...
Bibliography: Gilder, J. L., and J. B. Gilder, eds. "The Critic." Mystery in Fiction and Real Life 5.105 (1886): 10. Print.
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