Characteristics Of Montresor In The Cask Of Amontillado

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Edgar Allan Poe delineates how the protagonist character, Montresor, creates the perfect murder throughout his short story, The Cask of Amontillado. For years Fortunato,who is a very respected and prideful wine critic, clashed with Montresor. Their rivalry would irritate and exasperate Montresor from time to time, but he still attempted to simply ignore the injuries caused by Fortunato. It was not until Fortunato completely insulted him, that he felt the need to seek for revenge. Montresor was able to construct his perfect murder by acting with a purpose, by preparing a well devised plan, by revealing himself as the killer to his victim, and by performing the assassination with no consequences.
During the carnival season in Italy, Montresor had found Fortunato rather drunk in
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At the end of the short story, Poe writes, “Against the new masonry I [Montresor] reerected the old rampart of bones. For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them. In pace requiescat!” (187). Montresor had never been suspected for fifty years, and if he had not proudfully confessed his crime, nobody would have ever known. Because Montresor was never questioned, Fortunato 's corpse remained untouched deep inside a dark and gloomy catacomb.
In conclusion, Edgar Allan Poe superbly portrayed the perfect murder in The Cask of Amontillado. His ultimate mission was to avenge himself by destroying Fortunato. His success resulted in Fortunato turning himself into an unfortunate gull, which eventually led to his tragic death. Fortunato was not even given a proper funeral, for his body was never discovered in the catacombs. For fifty years not once was Montresor ever harmed, convicted, or ashamed of his actions; therefore, it is impossible to depict a better outcome for the perfect

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