The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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Was Poe's short story "The Cask of Amontillado" told using ethos, pathos, or logos?

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There is a mixture of ethos, pathos and logos in "The Cask of Amontillado." To appreciate how they work, one must regard the story as a piece of rhetoric, designed to persuade the reader of something.

At the end of the story, Montresor tells us that all this happened fifty years ago. Because of this detail, I have always thought of it as either a deathbed confession or as an account written on the eve of Montresor's death and left to be read after his demise. In either case, his motive is clear: once he is beyond the reach of justice, Montresor wants to tell posterity how clever and ruthless he has been. The message is this: "I, Montresor, am a brilliant man and an implacable enemy. I am the kind of man you do not want to anger. Look at what happened to this one man who dared to insult me."

Given this message, the pathos lies in the depiction of Monresor's own smoldering resentment and Fortunato's complacency turning to terror, culminating in his desperate attempt to regard the whole...

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