Cask Of Amontillado Essay

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In The cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe vengeance is served viciously. Two Friends, Montresor and Fortunato destiny is determined in two ways only, revenge and murder. In the story Poe uses a feeling of betrayal to build a mysterious and seductive character before ascending to his remarkable strategy to a state of suspense. In fact, throughout the story, the reader slowly realizes that Montresor is an unreliable narrator; that whatever insult Montresor believes Fortunato committed is probably imagined or exaggerated. It's certain that Fortunato has no idea of Montresor's anger, and this makes the story even more tragic and frightening. This piece of gothic literature and horror all wrapped in one is full of examples of irony and foreshadowing. …show more content…
In general, Poe uses expressive words and images that fabricates an environment that corresponds to the story’s sinister plot. Poe choice of words compels the necessity of revenge. For example, he states in one of the quotes from "The Cask of Amontillado" saying, "at length I would be avenged" (3) and goes on to say that he will not only "punish, but punish with impunity," (4) which means that he will kill and get away with murder, it shows that Montresor takes this matter quite seriously. Also, when Montresor claims that when a wrong has been committed it remains "unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done him wrong" (5). By making this testimony, Montresor is not only justifying his need for revenge, He is also coming up with a reason to why he cannot forgive …show more content…
However the story is not a festivity of amusement, but of horror. Poe also sets the settings at a catacombs, which they are described as a place of death. This makes a perfect placed to cover up a murder on a perfect day. This result is even more compelling because the beginning of the story offers readers an intrigue story of revenge with no true cause. Fortuanto weakness of love for wine was used against him in order to trick him into his own death. Poe uses the setting of Montresor's family wine room as the perfect setting for Montresor plan. The wine room leads to the catacombs which later Fortunato finds himself buried alive by his own friend. This tells the reader that Montresor had done this before because a Family catacomb is a place to bury your love ones but with respect instead you later find out that the further Fortuanto and Montresor walked down the tunnel the more you started to see bones on the ground which is a sign of no respect to the dead that were improperly laid to rest. This probably explains Montresor's Family Quote which is "Nemo me impune lacessit" nobody harms me without being punished. This tells the reader that you can only conclude that in Montresor Family, death is way of punishment for being insulted or

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