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?

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The terrifying short story "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe is, in essence, the confession of a murderer. A man named Montresor finds an acquaintance named Fortunato during carnival revelries and lures him deep into the family catacombs under his mansion. Once there, Montresor chains Fortunato to a wall, bricks up the opening to the chamber, and leaves him there buried alive. The only motivation that Montresor gives for this horrifying deed is that Fortunato insulted him.

There are several clues in the story as to who Montresor might be addressing and when and why the story is being...

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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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