The revenge and mislead in Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado"
Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" is the story of an elderly man and third person narrator name Montresor who makes a abiguity statement "a thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could." He vowed revenge and gave utterance to a threat. In Poe's story from Montresor's point of view provides the reader with insight into Montresor deep struggles. Poe want to insure that the reader understands that Montresor is not successful at revenge, "You, who so well know the nature of my soul..." Fifty years later he is confessing the story and taking particular delight in his cleverness. By communicating this way, the question arises of who Montresor is actually speaking to and why he is telling this story fifty years later. Edgar Allan Poe use symbolism that gives the reader the time to see conflict between Montresor's inner self and outer being on one side, Montresor seems in appearance serious and intelligent but his alter ego is shown to Fortunato so obsessed with revenge he even fails to tell Fortunato. After killing Fortunato his alter ego kill his own human nature. The two men travels are a metaphor for their trip to hell because the canival serves as a land of the living it does not occur as Montresor wants it to.
Montresor was a man respected. A irony is made "My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met" but later Montresor pretends to be concerned about Fortunato hacking cough as they continue down to palazzo Fortunato cough continue. Montresor says "we will go back; your health is precious. You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was...." A dramatic irony but Fortunato said that this cough will not kill him that it's nothing. Montresor says that Fortunato health was precious but the reader on the contrary at this point can almost see a delivish in Montresor...
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