Re: RARA-AVIS: morality & the unreliable narrator

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 25 Feb 2007

Frederick Zackel wrote:

And 90% of the students don't get it: because he is the only narrator, they sympathize with Montressor. Fortunado MUST HAVE REALLY DESERVED TO BE WALLED UP, else why would anybody wall the guy up?

************* I'd say that you are the one that doesn't get it. The reason they sympathize with Montressor is that they have been taught that morality is simply a personal opinion, and that making moral judgements is a prejudicial act best avoided. Criminals become victims. Terrorist become freedom fighters. By spoon-feeding them this thin gruel of postmodern pablum, this is the impasse that academia have brought to education.


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