The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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The most fruitful avenues for a research proposal on "The Cask of Amontillado " are probably enquiries into the historical background of the story. Here are two possibilities. It is often claimed that Poe's inspiration for the story was the grisly death of Lieutenant Gustavus Drane, who was sealed up alive in a vault by some of his fellow officers after he killed one of his more popular comrades. Poe heard this story while he was in the army at Fort Independence in 1827. You could explore the events surrounding Drane's death and how far the details correspond with those in Poe's story. You could also look at...

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