The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe

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What can a character that lived in 1700s Italy have in common with a teenager in the 1960s? Though it may seem impossible Edgar Allan Poe’s character Montresor in The Cask of Amontillado shares similar characteristics to John Updike’s A&P teenage Sammy. Both of these characters share sarcastic tendencies and a need to make a name of himself. Though, each man differs in the way he goes about making that name. While Montresor decides murder is the way, Sammy quits his job to be noticed. One way that Montresor and Sammy are similar is that they are both extremely sarcastic. While Montresor’s sarcasm tends to be on the ironic side and Sammy’s is making fun of the customers it is very apparent that they think they are better. Montresor clearly believes that he is better than Fortunato and deserves a better life than he. He points out that Fortunato is wearing a fools hat which merrily jingles as Fortunato is lead to his death. This fools cap seems to be fitting as Fortunato is represented as being a fool. Montresor says that he was a sham in all other subjects except “in the matter of old wines he was sincere”(Poe 1341). Fortunato also never seems to notice that Montresor was angry with him and willingly walked into his own death trap for a taste of rare wine. Montresor’s irony shows more and more as they go deeper into the catacombs. While walking Fortunato dissolves into a fit of coughing and protests turning around saying “I shall not die of a cough.” “True – true,” I
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