The Cask of Amontillado

Generally the theme of a story is “what it is about”…but more specifically the theme of a story should provide some insight about life, human nature, or a commentary on society. In other words, it is the “take away” that the author wants us to think about after reading the story. It should be universally applicable, regardless of your personal identity or background. Good literature opens our minds to realities about life and living that we may not have considered before.

For this assignment, you are going to analyze the theme in one of the following stories. Since a theme often involves making moral statements, you are free to express your opinion on whether you agree or disagree with the moral of the story. As with all literary critiques, quotes from the story should be used to strengthen and support your analysis, and should be punctuated correctly (see sample essays in the textbook for examples).For more information on The Cask of Amontillado check on this:

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