Montresor In Edgar Allan Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado

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“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe evinces the inner mind of a deflated man who feels as though his life is meaningless without retribution. Montresor has yearned for the respect that he feels his family name justifies. He has been pushed to the fringe of his mind by Fortunato. Unless he gets retribution on Fortunato he will continue to face what he considers “death by a thousand cuts”. The theme of “The Cask of Amontillado” epitomizes Montresor whom had been wronged by Fortunato and he must “not only punish, but punish with impunity.” (Poe 536)
Montresor is portrayed as a bad guy. This could not be further from the truth. Montresor is not a bad guy. He’s damaged beyond repair, driven to madness by the anger brought on by Fortunato.
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This is reaffirmed by his family motto “Nemo me impune lacessit.” (Poe 538) which translates into ‘no one attacks me with impunity.’ Physical injury tis but a scratch to him, pain and anger deluge him when someone insults him. Fortunato has done the unthinkable “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” (Poe 536) Revenge is the only drink that will quench Montresor’s thirst. Fortunato has been a bully towards him, hurling insult after insult, not giving a care to how the words he says will effect Montresor. The narrator (Montresor) makes it clear from the beginning to the end of the story that he intends to exact his …show more content…
“It must be understood that neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will.” (Poe 536) Even baiting him to come with him “I am on my way to Luchesi. If anyone has a critical turn, it is he. He will tell me –. “Montresor knows that Fortunato will insist on coming with him because he even being a “quack” in regards of “painting” and “gemmary.” Fortunato prides himself on his “connoisseurship in wine.” (Poe 536) Faking concern for Fortunato’s health, telling him about the “nitre” in the vaults. Suggesting that they turn back numerous times, all in an attempt to conceal his true intentions from Fortunato. Montresor catches his prey like a Venus fly trap. Slowly enticing the suspecting Fortunato to follow him to his final resting

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