Essay about The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe

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The title “The Cask of Amontillado” represents the themes of revenge, foolishness, and intense irony. The story is rife with examples of these three themes, from the names of the characters to the numerous examples of symbolism. Edgar Allan Poe chose this title to guide the reader towards the main message that he wanted to convey. Poe wanted to influence the reader from the time that he or she read the title, and to also highlight the main focus of the story, the cask.
The major theme of “The Cask of Amontillado” is revenge. Montreseur is motivated by his hate to take revenge on Fortunato, after Fortunato greatly insulted his family and caused him “a thousand injuries” (Poe). To lure Fortunato in, Montreseur tells him that he ran across a cask of Amontillado, a wine that Fortunato longs for, and needs for him to verify its legitimacy. The cask itself represents the hate Montreseur had for Fortunato, Montreseur was so set on killing Fortunato that he planned the entire murder out and thought of every little detail. This calculated murderous fantasy makes Montreseur come off as sort of a madman. Montreseur planned the murder on a Carnival night, he also made sure Fortunato drank enough so that he wouldn’t resist or know what was happening. The murder was going to take place in the crypt where Montreseur said the cask was, while underground Fortunato made his final mistake of no remembering Montreseur’s family coat of arms. The revenge theme continues to occur in many…

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