Learning About Short Stories:
The Cask of Amontillado
Understanding short stories is not always as simple as it seems. In this short story examination we will be looking at The Cask of Amontillado. When reading a story it is important to understand and be able unfold the secrets of a story. Knowing the different narrations/strategies that are used in stories is also very helpful when trying to understand a story because it will help you better convey the idea of the story to your reader. Lastly, when you summarize for your reader it helps them to un fold the last pages of the story.
When reading The Cask of Amontillado for the first time I actually found it a bit difficult to follow along with. A rule of thumb for good reading is that you always read something twice to get a better understanding. Reading it twice helps to understand as well what the writer is trying to tell you in the story. The theme of Poe’s short story became evident upon the second reading. His theme for this story is revenge. Poe’s main character wants to take revenge upon Fortunato. There is no main reason for Montresor’s revenge that we can understand except for this “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.” (Poe, 1846). What we can derive from this is that Fortunato insulted Montresor and therefore revenge was taken out on him. Personally relating to the story there have been times when I have felt insulted by someone and wanted revenge. As a child, I was often insulted for how I chose to dress. In retaliation there would be people’s belongings missing and such. Even though an insult had been said towards myself murder, like Montresor did, was never a thought that even crossed my mind.
The first person narrative is used in The Cask of Amontillado. Thus the point of view though is a bit jaded. Montresor is not a reliable source because he only tells one side of the story…his. Montresor...
References: Barnet, S., Burto, W., & Cain, W. (2013). Literature for composition: An introduction to literature. (10th Ed.). New York, New York: Longman.
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