The Cask Of Amontillado: Character Analysis

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In The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe, the intense utilization of imagery and incongruity throughout the Cask of Amontillado gives this short story its tension and horror filled theme. The story is told in first person by an extremely wrathful and manipulative character. This character, Montresor, would first appear to the reader as the victim however in all actuality, he is plotting to take the life of Fortunato. The narrator, Montresor, begins the short story by explaining to his readers how his acquaintance, Fortunato, has insulted him. To get revenge, he uses Fortunato’s affection for wine against him. Montresor runs into Fortunato at a carnival and invites him to taste a wine that Montresor believes could pass for Amontillado. The two men leave the carnival and proceeded to Montresor’s catacombs. As they went deeper into the catacombs, Fortunado begins to cough, but refuses the offer by Montresor to leave. The catacombs were full of dead bodies of the Montresor family. As they were walking, they reached the end of the catacomb and walked into a crypt where thousands of bones decorated the walls. Fortunato’s intoxication made him not even realized his surroundings, but in the crypt he saw …show more content…
It is true that there is clear evidence that the reader may think that Montresor’s revenge was unsuccessful. In the short story, while Montresor was walling Fortunato in, he says his heart grew sick as he finished putting in the last stone. Referring back to the text, Montresor explains to the reader the definition of revenge and that he must be sure his victim knows why they are being punished. Many readers argue the fact that Montresor he never confronted Fortunato; therefore he did not accomplish and abide by his “definition of revenge.” Montresor didn 't get the opportunity to hear Fortunato apologize and ask for his life. This could be the reason Montresor says Rest in Peace toward the end of the

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