The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe is a short story detailing the revenge of a man that could not endure the insult of a rival (183). The theme of this mid-1800’s horror story is alluded to in the title, a cask of desired Spanish sherry used as a lure. Temptation for a man whose weakness happens to be alcohol. Weaknesses are used repeatedly to goad the plot forward, giving warning to all that anyone can be reached by those they trod upon. Montresor is the man who tells this story, foreshadowing the dark nature of the story by sharing how he “must not only punish, but punish with impunity” (183). Montresor tells his audience that he borne “the thousand injuries of Fortunato” (183) but could not handle a perceived insult without “vowed revenge” (183) highlighting his admitted weakness, desire for redress “preclude[ing] the idea of risk” (183). But Montresor would not consider his weakness a weakness, no far more important that his audience see how calculating he was in making this “a point definitely settled” (183) by “neither… word nor deed… giv[ing] Fortunato cause to doubt [his] good will” (183). The plot moves forward from here as Montresor begins regaling his audience with the day of his revenge. And so “about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season” (183) Montresor meets his rival in a moment of weakness, “for [Fortunato] had been drinking much,” to set his scheme in motion. Once again Montresor’s calculating nature is…

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