The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe

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Syed Ali Ali 1
English 126 CD3
Professor Stapleton
December 8th 2014
Revenge

Revenge drives the action in “The Cask of Amontillado.” In Edgar Allan Poe’s “A Cask of Amontillado”, one character’s betrayal sets forth vengeful events, which occurs below ground in a catacomb. The narrator Montresor leads Fortunato, his “friend”, to his doom. Behind all this revenge and death, trust is a big theme of it. Without trust, there is no feeling of betrayal. This particular story has much to do with the lengths a human will go to achieve what they desire when they seek mortal revenge. In the following, I will examine the different aspects of what the purpose of revenge is in Poe’s tale. “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (14). These are the first words of Edgar Allan Poe’s tale. They are also the first words of the protagonist Montresor speaking about his “friend” Fortunato. “I must not only punish, but punish with impunity” (14). This tells us readers the motive and the intention of his plan towards Fortunato. By the way he opens the tale in the first sentence saying “he ventured upon insult”, it tells us that he did not physically get hurt but his honor has been damaged. Montresor also states the “thousand injuries he had borne”, meaning that he had endured many injuries in the past however, Fortunato ventured upon insult. This infliction that Fortunato has caused has to be punished to
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