Week 4 Creative Writing Assignment:
Write an epilogue to ” The Cask of Amontillado” in which a case against Montresor comes to trial. In your epilogue, provide the prosecuting attorney’s closing argument, reminding the jury of any evidence that proves Montresor’s guilt. Then provide the defense attorney’s closing argument and describe the jury’s final verdict.
Your submission must:
- include a minimum of 275 words, written in paragraph form.
- be written in the third-person point of view (academic voice). You may write in the first-person point of view if you want to pretend you are Montresor.
- be double spaced. A title page, running head, and abstract are not required.
- be submitted as a Microsoft Word attachment on the submission page (click title above). Assignments not submitted in this way may be returned to you ungraded.
Edgar Allan Poe:
Biography, Vol. 1 pp. 731-735 and \”The Cask of Amontillado,\” Vol. 1 pp. 785-790
Expert Answer and Explanation
The Cask of Amontillado
Montresor is guilty of the crime he is accused of committing considering that the evidence presented before the court puts him at the center of the events leading to the death of Fortunato. While no witness came forth to give account of what happened on the night leading to Fortunato’s death, the fact that another individual listened as Amontillado confessed, is the available evidence which the court should rely upon to make appropriate ruling. The word of the person who heard him confess of committing the act, can in this case be used to pin down Montersor. While Montresor managed to stay silent for the entire fifty-year period, he could not erase what he did from his conscience (Poe, 1846). For this period, he tried in vain to overcome the emotional burden of killing Fortunato. He feels guilt. Even on his deathbed, he confesses because he wants his conscience to be free, and he even goes further to request the priest to pray for him so that he be internally cleansed.
Fifty years have passed following the death of Fortunato, and it is difficult to tell whether he actually committed the crime he has confessed of committing. Given his age, Montressor seems to be suffering from a mental illness, and the court acting on this basis, should re-think the evidence presented by the prosecution (Poe, 1846). It is wrong to try the accused because they confessed when he probably was not in his right mind.
The Jury Decision
The Jury, based on the accounts given by the accused as stated by the witness, finds the accused guilty of killing Fortunato. The court has reached this decision after reviewing the events leading to the death of Fortunato, and examining the presented evidence (Poe, 1846).
Poe, E.A. (1846).The Cask of Amontillado. Biography, 1, 731-735, 785-790. https://www.ibiblio.org/ebooks/Poe/Amontillado.pdf.