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journeyofsara... | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 23, 2012 at 11:43 PM via web

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What is a good thesis or topic sentence for the short story,"THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO"? I've been having a lot of problems figuring out how to start my introduction.

Could you please give me some ideas on how to start my intro and end it? Thank you.

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 26, 2013 at 2:45 AM (Answer #1)

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I think if I were going to write a paper about "The Cask of Amontillado" I would start out with a sentence somewhat like this:

In Edgar Allan Poe's story "The Cask of Amontillado," the narrator, a man named Montresor, describes the necessary components of a perfect revenge and then tells a supposedly true story of how he succeeded in accomplishing an act of revenge to his own complete satisfaction.

Then I would pretty much repeat what the narrator says about a perfect revenge and try to describe how he carried out his intended murder of his friendly enemy Fortunato. I suppose I would conclude with some words about how the revenge must have been successful because Montresor says that no one has discovered the body in fifty years.

Poe wrote at least one other story in which he began with a generalization and then told a tale to illustrate it. This was his equally famous story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue."

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