The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado tells a tale of revenge, maliciousness and horror. We are informed early on that Montresor, whom we can consider the “unreliable narrator,” feels he has been profoundly insulted by a character named Fortunato and conspires to seek revenge, by whatever means necessary. Montresor makes us aware that he has suffered injuries by way of Fortunato many times, however; it is when he feels insulted by him, that he vows to seek revenge. Through Montresor 's own words, “I must not only punish, but punish with impunity,” (pg166) we can see that not only does he feel his actions are warranted, but that he should be except from punishment for them. Although, we are never made aware of what Fortunato supposedly has done to Montresor, it is clear that Montresor feels his actions to seek revenge are justified and we can see in this that revenge is a powerful motivation. The story opens at the scene of a carnival, in which appears to be the perfect distraction for Montresor to fulfill his plan of revenge. While everyone, including Montresor’s attendants at home, is busy enjoying the festivities, Fortunato is lured back to Montresor’s vaults by the deliberate lie that he has something that could pass as Amontillado. Fortunato, astounded by the idea and none the wiser about Montresor actual plans, excitedly goes forth, anxious to get a taste of this wine. In the walk through the vaults, learning that the walls are filled with the dead bodies of
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