Not everyone who speaks tells the truth. Not everyone can be trusted. When deciding whether someone is telling the truth or not, one looks in to see if that person is a reliable source. The point of view in a story allows readers to judge and feel a certain way about the characters in the story. In the short story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” Edgar Allan Poe’s theme, diction, and mood brings out the main character and his intentions through first person.
Throughout the story, Edgar Allan Poe brings out the point of view through theme to give readers an idea on the works of human nature. In the first paragraph, Montresor’s intentions are subliminally brought out when he says, “The ...view middle of the document...
In Montresor’s case, his actions are based on the hatred in his heart towards Fortunato in which forces him to unleash his bad side. Since Montresor’s hatred towards Fortunato is so strong, he knows of no mercy.
Diction is the author’s word choice that also influences the point of view. Montresor gives his “good” word to Fortunato when he vaguely states, “My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met. How remarkably well you are looking today!” (Poe 174). The verbal irony presented in the quote shows how sneaky and careful Montresor is with his words as he speaks to Fortunato. With how Edgar Allan Poe sets up diction in this story, readers figure out how scheming Montresor really is when he says one thing but means something else. Readers start questioning Montresor’s liability when his tone explains that he has cooked something up for Fortunato. The fact that Montresor is after Fortunato makes readers come to the conclusion that he is a mad man.
Throughout the story, Latin phrases are used to add emphasis on Montresor’s actions to make everything much more delirious. For instance, a foreshadowing moment occurs when Fortunato asks about the moto of the Montresors in which Montresor replied, “Nemo me impune lacessit” (Poe 177). In Latin, Nemo me impune lacessit means “Nobody attacks me without punishment.”
The author’s diction for this raises suspicion on Montresor.
The most direct way readers understand the story’s point of view is through mood. As Montresor lured Fortunato through the...