The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allen Poe Essay

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“The Cask of Amontillado” (“Cask”) by Edgar Allen Poe is a short story rich with complex characters and literary devices, lending it to an interesting analysis using the formalistic method. Rather than focus on influences outside of the work such as the author 's personality as a Psychological review would, formalism focuses on the text itself. How elements such as plot, tone, phrases of speech, and structure construct the reader 's interpretation of the text is the goal of formalism. Although Poe 's work is notoriously dark and disturbing, his work remains renowned this day due to his alarming skill at absorbing the reader with his masterful storytelling. Upon first read, “Cask” appears to be a story of a man obsessed with revenge who kills his friend for a deed that is never mentioned. However, using a formalistic approach to analyze the irony and characters of the story helps the reader understand the motives behind Montresor 's evil deed. To begin with the literary elements of the story, Poe uses irony and foreshadowing in “Cask” that builds suspense to the end of the story: the murder. In the first line Poe uses a hyperbole, claiming he bore one thousand injuries from Fortunato. Immediately, the reader desires to know what the deed was done against Montresor as a mystery unravels not to reveal the murderer, but the motive. The reader learns that Montresor seeks to avenge himself by extracting revenge, and also by making his deed known to the wrongdoer in the lines,…

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