The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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How does Poe create suspense in the inevitable death of Fortunato?

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Poe creates suspense throughout his classic short story by concealing Montresor's plan to murder his enemy, characterizing Montresor as an unreliable, cruel man and cleverly foreshadowing Fortunato's horrific fate. At the beginning of the story, the audience recognizes that Montresor is an unreliable narrator who is determined to avenge Fortunato. Montresor is depicted as a cold, calculating man with wicked intentions. His ambiguity and desire for revenge make him an unnerving, exciting character. Poe also creates suspense by refraining from overtly detailing Montresor's plan, which piques the...

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