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Revenge In Edgar Allen Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado

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“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe tells the tale of a man that is wronged and avenges this wrong in the most sinister way possible. After being insulted by a man named Fortunato, the narrator “[vows] revenge” but more specifically wants to “punish with impunity” (qtd. in Meyer 536), this is the primary conflict in the story: the narrators hope to avenge this insult without getting caught. The narrator creates an elaborate scheme to murder Fortunato, but never explicitly states what Fortunato did to insult him. The narrator uses Fortunato’s weakness for wine and lures him into the “catacombs of the Montresors” (qtd. in Meyer 537). Montresor plays to Fortunato’s pride and tells him he has come into possession of a bottle of Amontillado, a rare wine, and would like for Fortunato to use his extensive wine knowledge to see if the wine is genuine or not. The climax of the story is the moment at which Fortunato is chained to the wall of the catacombs. Under his ploy, Montresor is able to get Fortunato into the deepest part of the catacombs where he has set up supplies to bury Fortunato alive behind a brick wall. Poe builds suspense in the story through Montresor’s slow reveal of his plan. Although the reader is aware he plans to take revenge we are not aware of the severity until later in the story. The main character, Montresor, is presented to us as an educated and intelligent man. Poe uses the “showing” method of characterization through Montresor’s speech and inner
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