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What are the archetypes found in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," and where in the text are they?

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An archtype is defined as...

...an original model of a person...upon which others are copied...universally recognized by all.

Edgar Allan Poe is considered by many to be the father of the detective story—because of stories like "The Purloined Letter." This was an example of one of what Poe called...

...‘‘tales of ratiocination,’’ which helped define the conventions used in Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories...

At the same time, the abiding popularity of Poe rests undoubtedly in his mastery of the horror story—like an early Hitchcock or Stephen King. Poe's stories are masterpieces of the macabre and remain highly anthologized in high school and college textbooks.

As a master at creating chilling horror stories, Poe was responsible for creating the archetype for some of the most interesting and frightening villains ever put to paper. One of these fascinating "psychopaths" is Montresor in Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado."

Montresor is archetypal of the criminal...

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