The Cask Of Amontillado Character Analysis Essay

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Just like many of Edgar Allen Poe’s writings, “The Cask of Amontillado” shows the dark side of human nature. Edgar Allen Poe’s story chronicles the true intentions of a vengeful man that goes by his last name, Montresor. Montresor lives by a quote that his family often said; “Nemo me impune lacessit.” When this Latin quote is translated, it means “no one attacks me with impunity.” This motto is important for understanding the protagonist’s grimy character. Through careful character analyzation and thorough reading it is easy to understand Montresor’s motives and intentions. There is a plethora of words that can describe the protagonist of this story. Montresor is a man full of intelligence and vengeful spirits; throughout this story we can …show more content…
Montresor lures Fortunado underground to the “amontillado”. While Montresor is luring Fortunado to his death, the audience can see that Montressor’s actions are very sinister. The reader gets a vivid picture of the damp catacombs that will soon enclose Fortunado forever. Montresor tells Fortunado “’but observe the white web work which gleams from these cavern walls.” Fortunado replies “Nitre?” Nitre would cause any healthy man to have lung problems. In the next line, Montresor says “How long have you had that cough?” Fortunado was already sick and the damp caves added to his illness. Montressor uses a weird tactic, he continually tells Fortunado to go home and that he can get someone else to taste the wine because he is so deathly ill. “We will go back; you will be ill, and I cannot be responsible. Besides, there is Luchresi --"
"Enough," he said; "the cough 's a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough." Montresor knows Fortunado can not turn down any wine, especially the rare amontillado. Montresor uses this tactic to almost enjoy watching Fortunado be so eager to unknowingly approach his death. The dialogue leading up to Fortunao’s death shows that Montresor was savoring these torturous
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Montresor wanted a slow death so Fortunado could feel the same “injuries” Montresor had so calmly endured from Fortunado. Montesor wanted Fortunado to suffer just like Montresor had for many years. The audience sees both sides of the murder. Fortunado does not realize he has done anything wrong; in fact, he even says “a very good joke, indeed—an excellent jest. We will have many a rich laugh about it at the plazzo.” While Fortunado is laughing at what he thinks is a joke, Montresor is laughing too. Monstresor is laughing for a different reason, Fortunado’s death. Fortunado’s immolation brought a concerning amount of joy to Montressor. Montresor says, “I placed my hand on the solid fabric of the catacombs, and felt satisfied.” After the tragic murder has been fulfilled, it is evident just how mentally ill the protagonist truly is.
At the end of “The Cask of Amontilado” Montresor says, “For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed him. In peace requiescat!” The audience sees that Montresor is bragging about a scene that happened fifty years ago. Montresor is confident in his acts because he has not been caught half of a century later. This line is chilling because we see no sign of remorse or sadness. From these lines we can see a Montresor’s true character progress from what was once an honorable man, to an evil

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