Edgar Allan Poe 's The Cask Of Amontilado Essay

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The character of Montersor in Edgar Allan Poe 's short story The Cask of Amontilado is one that is driven by his obssession on keeping up with his family 's motto. Nemo me impune lacessit is the motto that Montersor 's family lives by, and it means “No one attacks me with impunity.” The signifgance this motto plays in forming Montersor 's character can be seen through his opening monologue, and all the way through to the line “In pace requiescat” (rest in peace.) In his opening monologue, Montersor points out that Fortunado has wronged him, however the reason why is never fully developed.. Throughout the storyline, he lures Fortunado to his fate, but never forces him down any path: Almost like a predator that plays with it 's prey before going in for the kill. In addittion, he shows his obssession in the final act of sealing up Fortunado and leaving him to his cold envirnoment. Edgar Allan Poe was able to not only show the lengths some will go through when seeking revenge, but also how obssessions over one ideals can cause them to perform heinous deeds. In nearly all revenge theme storylines, the reader witness the action that causes the character to seek vegenance. The action that causes such retaliation helps readers relate to a characters feelings. People tend to ask themselves “How would I react in this situation?” and depending on how the character gets revenge it will be labeled as either justified or excessive. However, in The Cask of Amontilado the reason for…

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