The Cask of Amontillado

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David J. Bullock
Eng 102 A65
February 19, 2013
Essay #1

In the short story, “The Cask of Amontillado”, by Edgar Allen Poe, this is a story of unnecessary murder. Fortunado was tricked by Montresor to go down to his volts to just try out this Spanish sherry, which Montresor had. Montresor knew that Fortunado loved wine and loved to try out different kinds. In the end Montresor ended up chaining him up to the catacombs and leaving him for death. Montresor was out to seek revenge the whole time due to the fact that he had been insulted by Fortunado. He even opens up the story establishing this. This is a short story about revenge on someone who has insulted you as odd as it may seem. In the short story, “The Cask of Amontillado”, the theme of this story is to becareful about who you trust in life because you never know what could happen.

It can be said that vengeance conquers even the highest of men in this short story. In “The Cask of Amontillado”, it never directly states what Fortunado said to even insult Montresor. As far as the readers know it could have been something that was not even major. Maybe Montresor had had enough of the way Fortunado was treating him. But murder was obviously not the answer for his anger. For Montresor to plan out this murder, he must have had anger built up in him for a long time. He had made sure that his servants were not present on this night. Montresor also knew how to lure in Fortunado.

Montresor’s family pride itself on leaving no insult unattained. Montresor’s obsession with this has perhaps made him imagine that Fortunado has insulted his family just so that he has something to exercise his family’s pride on. In the story Montresor went on to say, “I must not only punish but punish with impunity.” (Poe,360) This means that Montresor was planning on making Fortunado suffer a dreadful death. The only thing that we the reader could think about this insult is that it must have been a major one. Perhaps though it was...
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