What is the truth in The Cask of Amontillado?


What is the truth in The Cask of Amontillado?

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe, the author of the short story The Cask of Amontillado, was born in 1809. His parents were both actors, and they may have named Edgar after a character in Shakespeare's King Lear. This early literary influence may have had an effect on his later career, though he lost both of his parents very early in life. In 1826, Poe entered the University of Virginia with the intent to study languages, but left after a year. After this time he took jobs as a clerk and an article writer for newspapers--jobs which foreshadowed his later career as an author.

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The truth in The Cask of Amontillado is that there is no cask of Amontillado. Montresor, the story's protagonist, has created the fiction as a way to...

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Poe's The Cask of Amontillado: Summary and Analysis


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The Cask of Amontillado analysis and The Cask of Amontillado summary in this lesson will help you understand the plot and literary devices in this Poe story.

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