Revenge in the Cask of Amontillado

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Corey Carson
Mr. Mims
Eng 102
Due 2/3/12
The sweet taste of revenge

Revenge is not always as sweet as it is cracked up to be. In Edgar Allan Poe's short story “The Cask of Amontillado” one of the main characters, Montresor schemes to get revenge on the other main character in this story, Fortunato. According to Montresor, in order for him to be happy with the way he gets revenge he must meet two conditions. Montresor states, “I must not only punish, but punish with impunity. A wrong is undressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.” ( Poe. 618 ) In other words, Montresor must get his revenge without being caught by anyone, but also in such a way that the person against whom the revenge is sought, in this case it's Fortunadt, understands full well that vengeance is being taken against him.

While Montresor does succeed in luring Fortunato into the catacombs and killing him, Montresor does not fully fulfill his requirements as to how he wanted to get his revenge. First, Montresor states that he does not want to be caught by anyone. We know that this condition was met because the narrator says, “There were no attendants at home; they had absconded to make merry in honor of the time. I had told them that I should not return until the morning, and had given them explicit orders not to stir from the house.” ( Poe. 619 ) This was an important condition to be met because if Montresor did not tell the attendants of the house not to stir from the house his plan to lure Fortunato down through the catacombs to his death would have been compromised.

Montresor however does not fully succeed with the second condition that he set for himself. The reason why Montresor did not fully succeed is because Fortunato was not fully aware of why he was being punished. When Montresor first met up with his old friend Fortunato he was already heavily intoxicated and wearing motley. Montresor took advantage of Fortunato's weakness by...
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