The Theme Of Revenge In The Cask Of Amontillado

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The act of revenge means to avenge oneself or another by retaliating in kind or degree. Many people seek revenge for a variety of different reasons. Some forms of vengeance are warranted, while others are unnecessary or go too far. Every person is not the same, so it varies from person to person what initiates the want for revenge. In “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe, the protagonist, Montresor, is wronged by his friend Fortunato. Although what Fortunato did is unknown, Montresor seeks extreme revenge. Fortunato is completely blindsided by this as he did not know he was in the wrong. A character analysis of Montresor reveals the theme of desire for revenge through exploitation of Fortunato.
Montresor’s first way of exploitation
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Amontillado is interested in sampling this rare wine that Montresor claims to have in such a large quantity. “But I have received a pipe of what passes for Amontillado, and I have my doubts” (Poe). Montresor shows doubt to Fortunato that his wine is authentic. He wants to lure him back to his vaults. "And the motto?" "Nemo me impune lacessit." This quote translates to, “No one provokes me with impunity.” This means that no one is exempt from punishment if they wrong Montresor. “Knowing his victim’s vanity, Montresor baits him by saying that some fools argue that Luchesi’s taste is as fine as Fortunato’s” (Morsberger). By suggesting Luchesi is an expert, it basically assures that Fortunato will want to come to the vaults. He prides himself in being knowledgeable about wine and would not allow someone else to take his postion. Despite already manipulating Fortunato, drawing him to the vaults through curiosity is not Montresor’s last way of …show more content…
When Montresor first meets Fortunato at the carnival, Fortunato is already noticeably tipsy. “To accomplish it, Montresor waits until carnival season, a time of “supreme madness,” when Fortunato, already half-drunk and costumed as a jester, is particularly vulnerable” (Morsberger). After convincing Fortunato to come back his vault, Montresor does not stop him from drinking. Montresor continues to encourage Fortunato to drink more as they are walking through the catacombs. This continues to happen as they approach the vault. "It is nothing," he said; "let us go on. But first, another draught of the Medoc" (Poe). Fortunato’s drunkenness allows Montresor to easily manipulate him as he has no indication of what is happening. Without being under the influence, Montresor knows his task would be much more difficult. By getting him drunk, Montresor is able to get him to do exactly what he wants. This makes the task of killing him almost effortless for Montresor. When Fortunato goes to search for the stored wine, Montresor suddenly chains him and traps him to the wall. Montresor taunts Fortunato and walls up the entrance to the crypt, leaving him for

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