1) The 3rd article I chose has to do with the irony of the setting in “The Cask of Amontillado.” The author says, “During carnival, identities are destabilized and traditional social hierarchy and etiquette collapse; the poor may be elected carnival kings, bishops and popes, whereas the representatives of the upper classes may disguise themselves as peasants, servants, or fools” (Elena V. Baraban).Along the same lines, Fortunato is dressed like a court jester which ironically foreshadows his fate; he is going to be fooled by Montresor. Montresor carefully chooses the day of Fortunato’s execution. None of his servants are around and everyone eats and drinks excessively. Fortunato is pretty drunk himself when first encounters his murderer, so he becomes an easy prey.
2) The article “The Motive for Murder in “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe”, written by Elena V. Baraban is credible. The author is recognized among her peers and Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association publishes the piece.
Also, the article is found on jstor.org which is a digital library and has over 1,500 academic journals, books and primary sources.
3) The article is nicely written, and is perhaps one of my top choices so far. The words are carefully selected and her ideas expressed in the text flow smoothly.
I think the arguments she uses to support her statements are reliable and convincing.
4) The article is a “gem” and I can’t wait to tie it into the rest of my paper. The way she writes is easy to understand and yet, her word choice very effective and sophisticated.
Baraban, Elena V. “The Motive for Murder in “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe.” Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature (2004): 47-62