Essay on The Cask Of Amontillado By William Golding

805 Words Apr 26th, 2015 4 Pages
“The Cask of Amontillado” is a short story involving two men and a counterfeit cask of rare wine. Montresor has begun seeking revenge with impunity as Fortunato insulted his family name. During a carnival, Montresor leads Fortunato deep down into his catacombs to sample Amontillado. This dark, twisted, and morbid read is not only seeping with descriptive words and flowing sentences, but one revolving around the subject of freedom and confinement. Montresor is confined by his family honor, and Fortunato by his compelling wine obsession. However, at the end of the short tale, Fortunato is still the freer of the two; despite being physically trapped. Montresor 's first confinement can be examined in the opening line of the story: “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (Poe 591). When Montresor says he is vowing revenge, he is confining himself on two levels. Firstly, by using the word vow, he is literally marrying himself to the demands of revenge. Vows are extremely binding, and are commonly used in weddings. For better or for worse, Montresor is binding himself to the revenge of Fortunato. Secondly, revenge is an action that breeds more revenge. Not only is Montresor confining himself to the action of revenge, he is also confining himself to revenge 's vicious cycle – which will repeat itself even after Fortunato 's demise. Moreover, Montresor is also confined by his family 's motto, “Nemo me…

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