The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allen Poe Essays

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When exacting revenge, a person’s character can come into question. In “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe this is the very question that seems to be answered with not just a glimpse inside the thoughts of Montresor, who is the guilty party in question, but giving readers the ability to see it all play out from his eyes. The whole story of his revenge is based upon the assumption that Fortunato, his oblivious arch-nemesis, at one point, scorned him so badly that he had to take great lengths to exact his plans with full harshness. With all the thoughts of a truly psychotic character floating over these pages, it is hard to pinpoint exactly why Montresor did what he did. Never the less, the character himself is a complicated but well written example of a true psychopath. In the beginning of the story it feels only natural to explain in detail how this unfortunate act of revenge came to be. But just to tease the audience, Poe decides to exclude this information from the readers. We are left to ponder what exactly Fortunato did to bring upon such wrath and fury from his supposed friend. As a reader myself, I was introduced to the story with the first sentence saying “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.” (Poe). This tells us that whatever it was that caused great offense, Fortunato must have scorned him quite badly. This being said, since the readers are not privy to what exactly it was that…

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