What Is The Theme Of Revenge In The Cask Of Amontillado

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Clive Staples Lewis, the British poet, once wrote, “For pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.”(Lewis, 125). Otherwise stated, one who aims to destroy another’s life will eventually destroy his or her own life in the undertaking. In “ The Cask of Amontillado”, Edgar Allan Poe is a tale of terror between the two main characters Montresor and Fortunato. Montresor describes the days leading up to and the aftermath of his revenge against his fellow friend, Fortunato. Although Montresor is not punished, his actions still haunt him fifty years later. In “The Cask of Amontillado”, Edgar Allan Poe demonstrates how too much pride can lead to revenge, betrayal, and fate.
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Montresor secretly loathes Fortunato and he is waiting for the day to end his life. At the carnival, Montresor takes a hold of the opportunity he has to go through with his plan of destroying Fortunato. On several occasions he refers to Fortunato as “my friend” and “my poor friend”, which seems to give him several chances to escape (Poe, 166). At the carnival, Montresor is dressed in mostly black similar to a gothic appearance. Montresor’s appearance at the carnival symbolizes death, because he plans to kill. Fortunato on the other hand is dressed up as a jester, which symbolizes a clown. During the carnival Fortunato approaches Montresor drunk, this is when Montresor decides to put his plans into action. Montresor plots his deadly joke by tricking Fortunato into thinking he is entering the vault to try Amontillado. Montresor puts his brilliant skills to work, because he knows that Fortunato has lots of experiences with wine, so he tricks him into trying the Amontillado. Fortunato goes along with Montresor’s plan and decides to try the Amontillado, after a while he gets very drunk and starts to take Montresor as a joke. “Even when Fortunato’s drinking wears off, he chokingly laughs at Montresor’s devious prank. While Montresor is dead serious, Fortunato believes it is a joke, because remember, one, they are friends; two, Fortunato is inebriated.” (Whatley, 56). …show more content…
They both are miss led by pride and eventually devastated. Montresor has now destroyed the person who has caused him pain for years. In the end he did what he thought was right and what would make him feel better about himself. Montresor uses his secret plot to end Fortunato’s life. After fifty years, Montresor’s pride is so abundant that he still brags about his crime. He is still blind by the fact that his pride led him to such a cruel act. The message that Poe is trying to get across is that too much pride can lead one into doing terrible things. In addition, the story is trying to get out the message that trust is important, and without trust betrayal would not exist. If Fortunato did not trust Montresor by drinking the wine and coming into the vault, then there would have been no murder. The story relates to real life experiences, and how far someone will go as harming or betraying others just to make themselves feel better. Pride is often a flaw that can ruin relationships, contentment, common sense, or even be the deadliest of

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