The Cask of Amontillado | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Francis J. Henninger

This literature criticism consists of approximately 9 pages of analysis & critique of The Cask of Amontillado.
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Critical Essay by Francis J. Henninger

SOURCE: "The Bouquet of Poe's Amontillado," in South Atlantic Bulletin, Vol. XXXV, No. 2, March, 1970, pp. 35-40.

In the following essay, Henninger explains how the ending of Poe's story always elicits shock, despite the conclusion's obvious predictability.

"Nothing is more clear than that every plot, worth the name, must be elaborated to its dénouement before anything can be attempted with the pen. It is only with the dénouement constantly in view that we can give a plot its indispensable air of consequence, or causation, by making the incidents, and especially the tone at all points, tend to the development of the intention."

With these words of the second paragraph of his "Philosophy of Composition," Edgar Allan Poe illuminates an important part of his...

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