Edgar Allan Poe 's The Cask Of Amontillado Essay

1605 Words Oct 28th, 2015 7 Pages
In the age of Poe’s Eighteenth century Venice the rules for revenge, as specified by Montresor, the narrator of Edgar Allan Poe’s “THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO,” are rigorous. Montresor insists on the fulfillment of two absolute standards. The 1st is, “A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser.” (Poe. 32). Montresor’s 2d dictum is that a wrong, “is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.” (Poe. 32). Thus, we have Montresor’s definition of the perfect crime. The plotting, execution and immunity of a perfect crime is regularly presented to be a lofty criminal aspiration; but one necessarily doomed to failure. It is a rooted belief that in both life and fiction, while the avenger’s machinations may offer up of a bit of vicarious evil, the perpetrator will at last be apprehended, punished or, at the very least, be tortured by his own remorse. What then is to be made of Montresor’s complete escape? Arguably the most disturbing aspect of the conclusion of Edgar Allan Poe’s “THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO’S” is that the unholy quest for the unholy grail of the perfect crime is achieved. This defies all rules of poetic and human justice. It is ethically, morally and aesthetically repugnant. It is a denial of the inherent human trust in order and justice. This paper will argue that Montresor’s total victory, based upon his character, is a necessity; and is the only true and possible ending, Through a close…

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