Point Of View In Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado

1004 Words5 Pages
The first-person point-of-view found in Poe’s "The Cask of Amontillado" is essential in creating the central theme of the story. This style of narration is also important in this particular story, because when a murderous protagonist, Montresor, is allowed to tell the story from his own perspective, the reader obtains a disconcerting look into his mental composure from the initial conjuring of his plan to the end result. The style of narration develops the unsettling tone of the story by allowing the reader to become personally acquainted with the thoughts and intentions of the protagonist. The first person point of view allows certain ironies to become evident, and furthermore, “The Cask of Amontillado” would not have been as psychologically powerful were…show more content…
The motto is translated as “no one attacks me with impunity” (527). The coat of arms represents Montresor, the snake, getting revenge on the Fortunato, who has metaphorically stepped on him. Fortunato’s pride in his knowledge of the Montresor family makes this even more ironic, because the reader has been directly informed of Montresor’s plans. Poe’s use of the first-person point of view in “The Cask of Amontillado” allows the reader to experience a story of murder and revenge from an atypical perspective. By using the narrator’s point of view and establishing a connection with the reader, one can see the situation as it unfolds through the mind of this callous and calculating murderer. Poe’s focus on the thoughts and emotions surrounding the protagonist, while providing few physical details of the events, gives the reader a psychological thrill as they are drawn into the mind of a
Open Document