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Writing a Critical and Analytical Essay

Write a Critical and Analytical five paragraph essay (with an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion) on the following topic: In “The Cask of Amontillado“, by Edgar Allan Poe, analyze the character of Montressor and the methods he uses to lure Fortunato to his death. How does the setting assit him?

In the first paragraph, please establish a clear thesis statement that will develop throughout the rest of the paper, followed by three topic sentences.

Each of the three body paragraphs needs a topic sentence (being a critical observation, which supports or relates to the thesis) with supporting sentences. Use plot details and quotes from the source to support or prove the critical generalization, but avoid plot summary at all costs. Use chronological order/logical order. Provide clear transitions between paragraphs. Use transitional words when needed. Use active voice, feel the words, attend to tone, and use formal language (avoid using ?I? and ?you?). Follow up with a conclusion that recaps the significance of my interpretation. Each of the three body paragraphs needs at least five sentences: one topic sentence, three supporting sentences, and a conclusion sentence recapping the paragraph.

Final paragraph should be a conclusion to the paper, summing up (but not repeating) what has already been demonstrated. The conclusion should offer a clear expression of how the discussion relates to the theme of the story. The last sentence needs to be an EMPHATIC statement crystallizing the meaning.

Do Not use outside reference materials.
If you need a copy of the story e-mailed, please let me know.

Thank You

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