Essay on The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allen Poe

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Edgar Allen Poe is known for his disturbing, disconcerting, and dark short stories, “The Cask of Amontillado” is no exception. The short story opens with a first-person narrator, Montresor, at a carnival festival. He recounts this tale from his past of hid nemesis-of-the-moment, a man named Fortunato. Both are present at this celebration of excess and indulgence, dressed in festive costume. By no accident on Poe’s part, Fortunato is outfitted colorfully as a jester—a fool. The troubled Montresor clarifies his motive for revenge that after an off-hand insult was hurled at him in the recent past by Fortunato, he pledged his, albeit extreme, revenge against the fool. A plan has been devised in the days before we meet the protagonist: Monstresor will lure the wine-loving Fortunato to his death with the promise of a cask of amontillado. Through his dark plot, symbolic setting, use of irony, and twisted point of view and characterization of Montresor’s conscience as disjointed but cold and calculated, “The Master of Terror,” Edgar Allen Poe, proves—the tried and true saying— that revenge truly is a dish best served cold. Like many of his narrators, Poe casts Montresor as an unreliable narrator—it is clear that Montresor is not in a stable state of mind. He plots revenge—not any revenge, murder—because an acquaintance has insulted him and inflicted a vague “thousand injuries.” These actions would not be taken by the average person, and demonstrate that anything that Montresor will…

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