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Points of View in The Cask of Amontillado and Barn Burning Montresor the narrator and main character in Edgar Allan Poes The Cask of Amontillado tells the story using the first-person point of view Consistent in voice Montresor uses a sadistic and manipulative tone that creates dramatic irony He is an unreliable narrator because his story tries to justify his crime Barn Burning by William Faulkner is narrated from a third-person point of view by a limited-omniscient narrator The action and the characters of the story are presented through a narration interspersed with dialogue The main characters thoughts appear in italicized passages Both dialogues and italicized passages help the reader to understand the characters inner conflict and dynamic traits At the beginning of the story The Cask of Amontillado Montresor expresses his intolerance toward an insult His words to the reader foreshadow an imminent punishment to the aggressor You who so well know the nature of my soul will not suppose however that I gave utterance to a threat Poe 209 Throughout the whole story Montresor uses a first-person point of view to narrate his encounter with his future victim Fortunato the man who supposedly provoked his need for revenge Montresor takes advantage of Fortunatos weaknesses his friend is a drunkard and a gullible person Fortunato prides himself on his knowledge of wines Montresor pretends to have a barrel of Amontillado wine and tries to persuade Fortunato to taste it He also explains to Fortunato the danger involved in entering his vaults where he keeps the Amontillado The vaults are encrusted with nitre and Fortunatos health may suffer from it but pride takes a more important role than precaution and he agrees to follow Montressor Montresor leads the way inside the extensive vaults His manipulation turns now towards Fortunato Fortunato starts coughing and Montresor pretends to care about his companions health On the other hand Montresor keeps offering wine to Fortunato in
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