What parts regarding both these stories might offer some important leads or hints for you to reflect upon?

This first question deals with Poe and his short story, ?The Cask of the Amontillado? alongside the Borges story, ?The Garden of the Forking Paths.? As a detective, how would you make sense of Poe?s tale of murder by using Borges tale of the paths and labyrinth? These two tales are related but how they are connected is up to you. One important thing to note is that this type of fiction underscores the story of past events where the detective works to recover the origin of the criminal act while creating his/her own detective story of what potentially happened. This will be the essence of your answer for this first quiz question. Using the two tales as sources of inspiration, what is your unique story regarding the recovery of facts, clues, witnesses, etc. concerning the cask killing? What you must involve yourself in is the process of retracing what occurred to cause this crime, leading to what is, in the cask case, the killing itself. How you do this is up to you.
Your main job in this question is to act as a detective in this case and to link time and space with insult and revenge and then see why this produced a murder. This is where the Borges tale comes in as a possible source of interpretation. If you were called in to analyze this tragic cask event, how would you have solved it? What paths would you have taken? Would some of these paths like in the Borges story lead to other doors of possibilities? If you felt this murder was beyond solution, what clues would you have wished you had found or hoped to have been able to investigate or uncover? What parts regarding both these stories might offer some important leads or hints for you to reflect upon?
Obviously there are no right and wrong answers to this part of the quiz. Just be sure to make your points clearly and substantiate your thoughts with quotes. Be creative!
You still might be wondering what to do so I will now offer some information which might potentially help you with background for this question.
The first aspect you might wish to consider has to do with concealment, revelation and clues. In ?The Garden of the Forking Paths?, Jorge Luis Borges writes about living in different worlds each with some aspects apparent and others hidden. This may sound ridiculous at first, but in a detective or mystery story, the reader examines a multitude of clues from different perspectives, each one leading to a different hypothesis, conclusion or outcome. A certain occurrence may appear to be happening in different worlds because if one thing happens in a certain way, the outcome creates a panorama different from all others previously known or thought about. In this particular Borges story, what is veiled is ultimately revealed. Concealment has been able to turn into exposure. Each choice on the path is a potential point of departure for other forks in the road, almost like crossroads.
Another aspect to understand in this Borges tale is time. What happens when time is not considered as sequential? Could it actually converge at some point on the paths? Are there forks in the road of time? Is there a relationship between time and space? What happens when past time floods into the present? Think about violence. Many times the reason for a certain event is linked to another time period. Revenge and killing is often trans-generational or even linked to a previous week or year in a person?s life or to mental illness. All these points should be kept in mind in order to be applied to Poe?s story.
Now let?s turn to Poe?s ?The Cask of the Amontillado?. This short story highlights what happens in an unnamed Italian city when insult and revenge are thought to have taken place. As you reflect back on Borges, try to see how his thoughts about concealment and space appear as literary elements in Poe. Although this tale does not explain specifics about why this crime was committed, many claim that it does present a clear case of premeditated murder. Yet what we must find out is, why there was a plan for this criminal act in the first place? What paths would a detective have to take to discover the possible cause(s)?
Remember that a detective seeks a solution to every case. The solution may be simple, difficult or impossible but is usually arrived at through the scrutiny of material evidence and/or the careful questioning of witnesses. Sometimes these elements are available and sometimes not. When these aspects are missing, the detective uses his natural instincts and intuition to try to find them.

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