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The Motive for Murder in "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe
Elena V. Baraban
Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature
Vol. 58, No. 2 (2004), pp. 47-62
Published by: Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1566552
Page Count: 16
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"The Cask of Amontillado" (1846) by Edgar Allan Poe depicts a man who makes his confession about an atrocious murder he committed in the past. A seeming absence of motive for this murder puzzles the reader and has intrigued critics, but a close reading of "The Cask of Amontillado" helps uncover the motive for Montresor's crime. An examination of onomastic and semantic characteristics of the text reveals that the characters' social status and their class affiliations lie at the heart of the conflict depicted in the story.
Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature © 2004 Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association