Poe's Short Stories

the cask of Amontillado

explain how the narators point of view shapes the action and pacing of the cask of amontillado

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In many of Poe's short stories, such as The Cask of Amontillado,," the narrators are madmen and murderers who fail to disguise their lack of rationality with a discussion of their thought processes. However, their stories inevitably reveal gaps in their chains of thought that speak to their descent into immorality and selfishness. In many cases, insanity is interlocked with the narrators' emotional egotism; they are incapable of empathizing with others and think only of their own desire to satisfy their honor or their need to end the disruptions to their lives. The narrator of "The Cask of Amontillado," who feels that he has been insulted by Fortunato and vows revenge. Montresor is a most unreliable narrator who has delusions of grandeur. This affects the reader's interpretation of events.