Essay on The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allen Poe

911 Words Oct 20th, 2016 4 Pages
Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, “The Cask of Amontillado”, features the story of Montresor and Fortunato in a horror story where one person seeks revenge over the other. Montresor is the main character, narrating his actions towards the readers. He describes the event taken place as he attempts to kill Fortunato for the unspecific injures Fortunato inflict on him (Poe). In this story, Montrestor faces the human condition of vengeance, seeking to attack others for past misdeeds. Moreover, Poe’s horror story uses the theme of vengeance to show character development in Montresor, to describe Montresor’s deceptive actions to kill Fortuanto, and to explain Montresor’s feelings at the end of the story.
Montresor’s character development does not change throughout this story, which makes him a static character. His vengeance against Fortunato does not go away. Despite learning to forgive Fortunato and moving on, he decides to kill Fortunato. His reason is that Fortunato never address the wrongs against Montresor, which means that retribution must be served. This follows the common reference of the phrase, “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” (New International Version, Exodus 21:24). In the story, Fortunato has never repaid back the injuries he has done to Montresor, which means that Montresor must return the favor to Fortunato to make them even. Another scenario that develops Montresor’s character is the event when Montresor notices Fortuanto’s cough. Montresor mentions that…

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