Essay on Analysis Of ' The Cask Of Amontillado ' By Edgar Allen Poe

762 Words Oct 12th, 2015 4 Pages
Montresor’s Must Haves for Murder In Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” one of the main characters, Fortunato, has insulted the other, Montresor. Acting as if nothing has come between them Montresor requests that his former friend Fortunato journey into the vaults to taste test a wine for authenticity. After several brief delays to gaze at the increasing nitre and drink multiple more wines the pair reaches the conclusion of their journey together. After asking Fortunato to step into a niche and retrieve the Amontillado, Montresor bound him to the wall with shackles and began to rebuild the wall of stones and remains behind Fortunato. After several bouts of conversation which ranged from moans sorrow and silence, to incomprehensible shouting, and then finally peaking at Fortunato begging Montresor to release him, Montresor finished the rampart of the catacombs and silenced Fortunato forever (Poe 1108-1113). Montresor was both vengeful and intelligent, but also cautious which ultimately allowed him to achieve his vengeance and Fortunato’s demise. When Fortunato wronged Montresor in the very beginning of the story Montresor desired vengeance, stating, “but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (Poe 1108). This statement preludes to a dark path for the remainder of the story as Montresor goes on to define his definition of being avenged as: punishing with impunity, punishing without retribution, and punishment the one who has done the wrong as much as the…

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