Sunday, September 7, 2008

Cask of Amontillado

Out of all the stories read thus far in class, personally, this is the best one. Ironically, this is also the shortest of the short fiction stories. The Cask of Amontillado is written in a manner that is very clear and easy to follow.

Each of the short stories that we have read have used some type of literary device. We actually learned of two types of irony: dramatic irony and regular irony. Dramatic irony is a term used to describe a situation in which the audience knows something that the characters in the story do not know. An example of dramatic irony was when Fortunato was, unbeknown to him, being led to his death by the narrator.

The story was told in first person through the eyes of the narrator. This actually helps the story keep the reader's attention. By writing the story in first person, the reader actually feels like he or she is a part of the story, and in a sense, an accomplice to the diabolical narrator. For these reasons and others, this story was definitely the most interesting.

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