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Motivations In Edgar Allan Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado

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Motivations are an important aspect of human lives as they determine why we commit certain actions. In fact, motivations are so essential to the human psyche that they can determine the success of those actions. Edgar Allan Poe, the author of “The Cask of Amontillado,” understood that motivations were important and wrote the short story such that the main character’s, Montresor’s, motivations were a plot device that develops the story revolving around the success of Montresor’s nefarious plans. In Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” the analysis of the Montresor Family coat of arms indicates the deeper meaning of blindness from passionate vengeance that Poe derives from the ironic double in the emblem.
In the short story, Montresor, the villain, commits the murder of Fortunato, the victim, through an elaborate plan that ensures that Montresor will not be caught because being caught would make his revenge null and void. This plan of Montresor’s is revealed to the reader as he describes the situation he concocted to invite Fortunato into his home which Montresor made sure was empty of attendants: “He had a weak point – this Fortunato – although in other regards he was a man to be respected and even feared” (179). This “weak point” that Montresor uses is Fortunato’s love of wine. Montresor uses this love to challenge Fortunato to a taste-testing of a rare wine called Amontillado. Instead of the tasting the wine, however, Fortunato tastes death. This is not to say that Montresor
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