Edgar Allan Poe 's The Cask Of Amontillado Essay

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Poe’s Use of Symbolism in “The Cask of Amontillado”

“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe is a tale of a person consumed by the desire for revenge. Poe attempts to rationalize Montresor’s plan from the very beginning as Montresor narrates his plot. “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge”. Poe never elaborates with specific details of how Fortunato insulted or wronged Montresor, but simply indicates that Montresor had finally reached the point of being unable to tolerate further offenses, and he devises a meticulous and long-anticipated plan for exacting revenge. Montresor feels he is justified in his plan, stating “I must not only punish, but punish with impunity”. He feels he is exempt from any punishment or consequences of his actions against Fortunato. Poe effectively and cleverly uses symbolism throughout “The Cask of Amontillado” to develop his theme of revenge. The names of the characters in “The Cask of Amontillado” are used as elements of symbolism. Montresor, which means “my treasure” and “show fate” is symbolic of the Amontillado (Montresor’s treasure) that is used to entice Fortunato into the catacombs, while Montresor is the one to show him his fate that awaits him there. On the other hand, the name Fortunato symbolizes one who is “….rich, respected, admired, beloved;…a man to be missed”. Montresor is reminded of his family coat of arms by Fortuno. “A huge human…

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