The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

1477 Words Feb 28th, 2016 6 Pages
Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1809, Edgar Allan Poe become known for his poems, short stories, and literary criticism. “The Cask of Amontillado” which was a horror short published in 1846, has become a classic among his other work. The story takes place in an unknown city in Italy during a carnival. It focuses on a man named Montresor who is exacting revenge on his acquaintance or friend, known as Fortunato. Montresor lures Fortunato into his trap by telling him he acquired a cask of Amontillado, which is a variety of sherry wine. Fortunato, being a wine enthusiast and drunk, follows him without question. Montresor leads Fortunato into the Montresor catacombs and tricks him to enter a hole in the wall. He proceeds to trap him and bury him alive down there for 50 years, supposedly killing him. This story is told through Montresor as he describes his thoughts and feelings and how events occur. Some may say that Montresor is simply villainous but his actions throughout the story indicate that he is actually a sociopath. Montresor is calculative, careful and smart, as he analyzes Fortunato’s personality and knows when, and how to kill him with the least amount of consequences for himself. Fortunato trusts Montresor because he is not visibly sociopathic as he holds up a disguise of calmness and sanity while inwardly being irrational and vengeful. His actions demonstrate a lack guilt or remorse as Montresor kills him in the end with no emotions other than sickness due to his…

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