Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's ' The Cask Of Amontillado '

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Denita Kumar Michael Frangos ENG 112 September 3, 2014 Revenge and Irony A friendship is based on trust, but do we truly know anyone in the way we think? In “The Cask of Amontillado” written by Edgar Allan Poe, a man named Fortunato is about to find out what kind of ‘friend’ Montresor really is. Montresor shows himself to be friendly with Fortunato, but deep down he feels nothing but hate for him. In different ways, both of these men are proud and appear upper class, yet both have faults which will be there undoing. Edgar Allan Poe uses language in a way which provides an understanding of the true nature of the relationship between the two men. The two men are described differently, but they both have something in common; quenching the thirst for something long awaited. Poe reproduces great literary elements with eloquence, the theme of deception and revenge, is justified through the use of Irony and symbolism. “The Thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge” (Pg.108). The first sentence sets the theme for revenge which permeates the story. An example to strengthen this belief occurs when Montresor tells Fortunato of the pipe of Amontillado which he purchased recently. Fortunato’s responds with surprise at the wine being bought during the carnival, but Montresor believes this to be another slight at his character. Montresor takes this astonishment as yet another insult and reassures himself that his
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