Discussion 2 will be a reader response about “The Cask of Amontillado.” A reader

Discussion 2 will be a reader response about “The Cask of Amontillado.”
A reader response is a critical piece of writing that tells the reader what a text (in this case, a short story) means to you. It reflects a close reading of the work, contains specific examples drawn from the work, and provides your well-considered opinion of the work’s strengths and/or shortcomings. An effective reader response will demonstrate that you have read the story, internalized and contextualized its arguments, and can articulate and substantiate your reactions to it.
A reader response should genuinely attempt to shed light on one or more aspects of the work. You might discuss the significance of character, plot, setting, symbol – whatever catches your fancy. Overall, I am looking for interesting and original insights concerning the story that are substantiated by evidence from the text.
What a Reader Response Is Not
A reader response is not a descriptive summary of the story or of the events it describes: assume your reader has read the story and is familiar with it
A reader response is not a research paper
You may consult additional sources if you like, but you are not required to do so; if you do consult outside sources, be sure to review the “Research” policy in the Syllabus first
A reader response is not a classic “thesis” paper, in which you state a thesis argument; the post must have an organizing argument, but it should be more analytic than descriptive
A reader response is not an opportunity for general opinionating (“I thought it was really good” or “I thought it was terrible”), nor is it an opportunity to make statements of opinion that are not supported by evidence drawn from the text
A reader response is not a test of whether you had the “right” interpretation of the story
This is a venue for you to tell us what the story means to you; it should display a thoughtful evaluation of the text and express how it may have contributed (or not contributed) to your understanding of a particular theme, and why
Getting Started
Select only one story about which to write your reader response, and then ask yourself the following questions as you prepare to write your reader response. You don’t need to include the answers to these questions in your paper, but they can help you organize your thoughts and decide what you’d like to write about in your response.
What is the main theme or what are the main themes of the story? Did the author, in your opinion, do a decent job of presenting this/these theme(s)? Why or why not?
What parts of the story did you like the most, and why?
What parts of the story did you like the least, and why?
How does this story relate to your everyday life? What did you learn from it? If you did not learn much, why was that?
What questions did this story leave you with? What would you like to learn more about?
What about the author’s style did you like, and why? What did you dislike, and why?
The short story is attached below

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