The Desire for Revenge
In a time of weakness we often see how the power of human nature can push ordinary people to commit acts of violence for the wrong doings suffered at his or her hands. Creasy and Montresor clearly display similar actions through their desire for revenge, their course of action, and their vindictive outcomes. In “The Cask of Amontillado” there is no justification as to why Montresor wants to seek revenge on Fortunato. He describes his personal reasons in the well known first line of the story, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge” (Poe, 1.). Montresor mentions that he had been irreparably insulted by Fortunato, but never appears to say specifically how he was insulted. It can be inferred that since Montresor and Fortunato are both wealthy members of the upper class community, they strive and compete to be recognized for the same prominent status in their society. Later in the story, it is discovered that Fortunato is a member of the Masons and Montresor is not, which demonstrates how the public views Fortunato in a higher status. Out of anger, rage, and jealousy, Montresor begins to plan his own secret way to take revenge. In “Man on Fire” the main character, Creasy, is hired by a rich Mexican family as a bodyguard to protect their daughter named Pita. Initially, Creasy did not tolerate the child and displayed no interest to create any form of friendship. Eventually he opened up and developed a real, strong love for the girl, which is why it had such a major affect when Pita was kidnapped. Since Creasy did not have family or friends, Pita was like a daughter to him. He discovered that his new found purpose in life was to save the girl and take revenge on anyone involved in the kidnapping. In the short story and film, there are to two different reasons behind the main characters desires to take revenge. For example, Montresor seeks revenge because Fortunato...
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