23 February 2013
Literary Analysis of the Cask of Amontillado
Wine brings out the crazy in many people and with Montressor, an Italian man, this is the case. In Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” Montressor commits a crime to defend himself from an insult Fortunato made towards him. One could argue that Montressor was simply insane but there is much more to the story when one takes a deeper look at Montressors’ motifs. It is obvious Fortunato insulted Montressor but the question why did Montressor murder Fortunato. In the story Montressor is the narrator but he is not a reliable one and hardly gives much details. What truly drove Montressor to commit this murder was anger that ultimately built up until he could no longer take Fortunato’s insults and led to Montressor confessing or bragging about what he did.
Anger that people build up can cause many emotions to get bottled up until one can no longer handle them anymore. With Montressor this is what happened. Montressor never gives the details of what Fortunato did but he does want to get payback for whatever Fortunato did to him, Montressor says “A wrong is undressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.” (Poe 165)
One could argue that Montressor is bragging about what he did. Which is another reason to think that he is insane.
Another way to look at the story is that Montressor is confessing the wrong he committed, which could lead us to believe he was possibly a religious man. But that leads to another assumption, can someone who has murdered another human being truly be religious. After all murder is a sin but with confession sins are forgiven. Montressor could possibly have wanted that very thing, forgiveness. He could of possibly been on his death bed when as he narrated the story.
Poe, Edgar A. "The Cask of Amontillado." The Norton Introduction to Literature. 11th ed. New York: W.W Norton, 2013. 165-70. Print. Baraban, Elena V. "The Motive for Murder in "The Cask of Amontillado"" Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, n.d. Web.
Cited: Poe, Edgar A. "The Cask of Amontillado." The Norton Introduction to Literature. 11th ed. New York: W.W Norton, 2013. 165-70. Print.
Baraban, Elena V. "The Motive for Murder in "The Cask of Amontillado"" Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, n.d. Web.
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