The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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Who is the "you" addressed in the first paragraph of "The Cask of Amontillado"? When and why is the story being told? be specific

Who is the "you" addressed in the first paragraph of "The Cask of Amontillado"? When and why is the story being told?

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The most likely explanation is that this story is a translation of an old letter written in Italian or French to a friend and found among some papers after that friend's death. Or it could have been a letter that was never sent and was found among Montresor's papers after his death. The event described could have taken place more than fifty years ago, because the letter itself could be very old. Montresor himself must have been quite old when he wrote this confidential letter (assuming my...

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The "you" could have been a long-time friend or a priest as he had said "You, who so well know the nature of my soul". This story was told 50 years after the event had happened and the reason for telling this story is to feature revenge and secret murder as a way to avoid using legal channels for retribution
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he means you as the reader

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I am not sure of all the answers, but what I do know is that Montresor is telling the story 50 years after it happened. He also seems to know the person he is telling very well, as he says "you" knows the "nature of my soul."

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