What Is The Theme Of The Cask Of Amontillado

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“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe is a short story detailing the revenge of a man that could not endure the insult of a rival (183). The theme of this mid-1800’s horror story is alluded to in the title, a cask of desired Spanish sherry used as a lure. Temptation for a man whose weakness happens to be alcohol. Weaknesses are used repeatedly to goad the plot forward, giving warning to all that anyone can be reached by those they trod upon. Montresor is the man who tells this story, foreshadowing the dark nature of the story by sharing how he “must not only punish, but punish with impunity” (183). Montresor tells his audience that he borne “the thousand injuries of Fortunato” (183) but could not handle a perceived insult without “vowed revenge” (183) highlighting his admitted weakness, desire for redress “preclude[ing] the idea of risk” (183). But Montresor would not consider his weakness a weakness, no far more important that his audience see how calculating he was in making this “a point definitely settled” (183) by “neither… word nor deed… giv[ing] Fortunato cause to doubt [his] good will” (183). The plot moves forward from here as Montresor begins regaling his audience with the day of his revenge. And so “about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the …show more content…
Coaxed the final few by a last dig at his ego to which he replies, “[Luchesi] is an ignoramus” (186). Hark the fact that Fortunato is about to be chained to a wall never to be seen again because of his ignorance and pride. As Montresor slowly lays each tier of masonry he takes the time to enjoy the suffering of his victim (186). He mocks his victim’s struggles; shouting down his pleas (187). In the end, Montresor has sealed his rival deep within the bowels of his family’s crypt (185) with no one the wiser until he decides to share his story with his audience 50 years after the murder had taken place

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