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. While some situations warrant vengeance, other times it is unnecessary or goes too far. Every person is not the same, so it varies from person to person what initiates the desire for revenge. In “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe, Fortunato wrongs his friend Montresor, the protagonist. Although what Fortunato does is unknown, Montresor seeks extreme revenge. Montresor completely blindsides Fortunato by doing this as he does not know he is in the wrong. A character analysis of Montresor reveals the theme of desire for revenge through exploitation of Fortunato.
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Fortunato is interested in sampling this rare wine that Montresor claims to have in such a large quantity. Montresor says, “But I have received a pipe of what passes for Amontillado, and I have my doubts” (Poe). Montresor shows uncertainty to Fortunato that his wine is authentic. His goal in this is to entice him into coming back to his vaults. In his article, “The Cask of Amontillado,” Morsberger explains, “Knowing his victim’s vanity, Montresor baits him by saying that some fools argue that Luchesi’s taste is as fine as Fortunato’s.” By suggesting Luchesi is an expert, it basically assures that Fortunato will want to come to the vaults. He prides himself on being knowledgeable about wine and would not allow someone else to take his position. While in the catacombs, Montresor speaks about his family 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 and he is willing to go to great lengths to defend it. Many people exploit someone using what they love, because their passion for it is blinding. Fortunato being so invested in the thought of tasting the wine causes everything else to go unnoticed. 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. Morsberger states, “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.” 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. Montresor encourages Fortunato by saying, "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. In his article, “Method to the Madness,” Mcgrath explains, “As the story unfolds, with growing unease we begin to understand that it’s on account of these slights, and the insult that follows them, that Fortunato has been condemned, by Montresor, to be bricked up in the dank vaults of a crumbling palazzo.” Montresor taunts Fortunato and walls up the

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