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Poe's Short Stories Study Guide

by Edgar Allan Poe

Poe's Short Stories study guide contains a biography of Edgar Poe, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

The Pit and the Pendulum:

An unnamed narrator is sentenced to death by the Inquisition and awakens to find himself in a dungeon being watched closely by his captors, who intend to punish him by causing him mental torture and physical peril. Battling unreasoned fear, the narrator faces a number of death traps, including the eponymous pit and the swinging pendulum.

The Masque of the Red Death:

After the virulent plague of the Red Death strikes Prince Prospero's country, he and a thousand of his courtiers choose to lock themselves away from the disease and hold parties to pass the time until the contagion leaves. After several months, Prospero holds a particularly grand masked ball that features an ominous room with an unnerving clock. At…

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Posted By harrison c #390118 at Oct 21, 2014 2:52 PM

Cask of Amontillado - Montressor's unreliability

I am writing an essay about the Cask of Amontillado by Poe. My thesis is the unreliability of Montressor as a narrator. I've currently thought of these:
-The story was told 50 years after it happened
-Montressor talks about the 'thousand injuries' inflicted by Fortunado but never elaborates. Also, when they meet, Fortunado is courteous and polite
-Montressor is evil (he talks about Fortunado's 'weak point') and would not hesitate to kill a man. Also, as he is luring Fortunado into his death, he talks ironically.

I need to write one more point. Please, someone help me.

Poe's Short Stories | Answers: 2


Posted By m h #394815 at Oct 22, 2014 12:04 PM


Posted By m h #394815 at Oct 22, 2014 12:03 PM