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Poe, Edgar. “The Cask of Amontillado.” PoeStories.com. 1846. Web. 06 May 2011.

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Poe, Edgar. “The Cask of Amontillado.” PoeStories.com. 1846. Web. 06 May 2011.

The story is about the narrators’ deadly revenge to a friend who he believes has insulted him; his main theme of the story is murder. He plans to kill his friend during the carnival when he is drunk hence lures him with wine and finally chains him to the walls entombing his friend alive. The story is credible; the reader has used personification since he is the narrator. The writer also uses sarcasm; when his friend pleads for sympathy, he laughs aloud and repeats after him “Yes for the love of God!” The second incidence is when the writer hears a voice speak stating that they will late at the palazzo. The story is carefully crafted with every detail to create a unique effect; it uses irony, both dramatic and verbal. Dramatic irony in the story occurs when the reader becomes aware of what will become of Fortunato while he descends the catacombs in search of the Amontillado. The second incidence is at the beginning when he talks of the carnival and addresses him as a clown. Verbal irony is shown when Montresor explains concern about Fortunato’s health and in response; he says, “I will not die of cough” then Montesor replies “true—true”. The writer uses two languages English and italic, symbolism and foreshadowing. The setting of the story begins with around dusk and the location changes to dark dump catacombs. The story is rich and interesting literally.

Thoreau, Henry. “Resistance to Civil Government, or Civil Disobedience.” American Transcendentalism Web. 1999. Web. 06 May 2011.The main theme highlighted in the essay was limited governance, right to resist and individual morality and conscience. He states that the government is the main agent of corruption and injustice. He tries to explain that the government can be taken down by individuals if he acted on his opinions. When referring to the government, he states, “It has not the vitality of a single being; for one can bend it to his will.” Furthermore, the government is abused by powerful individuals and cites and about the 75 revolution and many philosophers. He states that paying taxes is one way people contribute to injustice because the money is used to fund the wars and enforce slavery. The essay is important because it was written to show the thoughts of the citizens did count if only they were audible and put into action. It was encouraging a revolt in America; he wanted to show the citizens of the true nature of the government and its abusive power. The essay is read all over the world, its literature is fine and he uses first personification and figurative language. Moreover, paradox statements for example “I saw that, if there was a wall of stone between me and my townsmen, there was a difficult one to climb before they could be free.” He expresses his freedom for not funding wars since he had not paid taxes. The essay educates the mind of the students, advances truth and knowledge and enriches the quality of life.

Works Cited

Poe, Edgar. “The Cask of Amontillado.” PoeStories.com. 1846. Web. 06 May 2011.

Thoreau, Henry. “Resistance to Civil Government, or Civil Disobedience.” American Transcendentalism Web. 1999. Web. 06 May 2011.

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