The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” depicts the retaliation of revenge on another human being. Revenge is inflicting harm or pain on someone for an injury that they inflicted on them in the past. Poe demonstrates the process of getting revenge on an individual within the story by utilizing the setting and characterization. Montresor is the one performing the act of revenge, while his friend Fortunato is the unfortunate victim of Montresor’s revenge plan. “Montresor 's revenge was caused by the thousand injuries he had received from Fortunato” (Baraban). Later on though “It becomes immediately clear that the “‘thousand injuries”’ Montresor mentions are less harmful to him than the “‘insult”’ he claims to have suffered” by Fortunato (Mcgrath). Montresor has been planning his revenge because he knows exactly what Fortunato’s weak point is, “he prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine” (Poe 543). With this statement it’s clear that Montresor is going to question his wine tasting abilities against him. Platizky agrees that “Montresor uses Fortunato’s pride in being and a wine connoisseur to entrap his adversary” (Platizky 207). He finds his friend in the carnival already heavily drinking and dressed up as a jester. Montresor tells him he went and paid for Amontillado without consulting with him first and says to him ‘“as you are engaged, I am on my way to Luchesi”’, who is another well-known Italian wine specialist. As planned, this offends Fortunato and calls…

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