Death And Revenge : The Cask Of Amontillado Essay

1067 Words Oct 13th, 2015 5 Pages
Death and Revenge: A Comparison
Death, revenge, “accidents”… What causes silent insanity? “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe is a story about Montresor and Fortunado. Montresor and Fortunado are acquaintances, but one night Montresor asks Fortunado to sample his new cask of Amontillado. This leads them both down into Montresor’s catacombs, which leads to Fortunado’s demise by Montresor. The modern story, Nightcrawler by Dan Gilroy, spotlights a struggling Lou Bloom who decides to start filming accidents for different news companies. He picks up a partner, Rick, who goes through the insane incidents with him. Lou, ruthless and cunning, does whatever he needs to get the best, or most gruesome shot. This ultimately leads to Rick’s death and other events along the way. Both “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe and Nightcrawler by Dan Gilroy illustrate that focusing on revenge and betrayal can drive a person to silent insanity through their use of revenge, friendship, and settings. The main characters both use revenge for inappropriate reasons and pay the price in their sanity. In “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe, the main character Montresor seeks revenge on Fortunado. Montresor’s explanation for his future act is “the thousand injuries of Fortunado I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (Poe 209). His excuse is not clear, and he seems to regret his decision to kill Fortunado in the end: “My heart grew…

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