Narrative Essay On The Cask Of Amontillado

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Essay 1: “The Cask of Amontillado”

“The Cask of Amontillado” written by Edgar Allan Poe, entails a plot of a very dark devastating revenge story. The reader gets a first person perspective from an unreliable narrator Montresor, who from the start of the short story is already plotting against Fortunato, because he feels he has been made a fool of by him. Montresor doesn’t let the reader know exactly what Fortunato does except the detail of saying, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge (Poe, 165).” the reader gets a sense that Montresor is untrustworthy and has evil intent for Fortunato, but also could be fabricating the truth of events throughout the story due to
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Montresor explains Fortunatos outfit the night his death takes place, “He had on a tight-fitting parti-striped dress, and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells (Poe, 165).” Ironically Montresor picked the night of the carnival and also knowingly Fortunato was going to dress as a jester, which will only further his humiliation. Easily convinced, Fortunato was mislead by Montresor down to the catacombs in beliefs that because of his vast knowledge of wine, that he will be able to taste the Amontillado to make sure it was authentic. “Fortunato abandons all reason and common sense in the pursuit of the Amontillado (Baraban).” but not only was Fortunato oblivious to the insults that has said that offended Montressor, but he ignorantly and drunkenly follows him into an obviously dangerous situation in desire of the …show more content…
(Jacoby)” Montresor manipulated Fortunato into thinking he was a friend of his and continued to go to great lengths to fulfill his deceitful plans of vengeance. Montresor is a very intriguing character who seems to have multiple personas throughout the short story. At first Montresor convinces the reader that he has the right to punish Fortunato for his wrong doing, but when Montresor lacks to explain exact details of these “injuries” it becomes clear to the reader that Montresor is an extremely unstable narrator, who just doesn’t seem to have a sense of reason or forgiveness. Montresor verbally, physically, and mentally tortured Fortunato with his lack of rational behavior that exempted him of all logical reasoning and justification of the dispute and miscommunication between the two characters. The outcome of Montresors revenge was extremely daunting; he exposed himself to be a very deceitful and a demented

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