The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allen Poe

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Jared Mourning English II Prof. Platt Thursday, March 3, 2016 Fortunato’s Misfortune In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Edgar Allen Poe issues a warning that even your closest friends can stab you in the back when you insult them in the right way. Poe perfectly portrays the way someone you think is your best friend could just as well be your biggest enemy. In “The Cask of Amontillado” Edgar Allen Poe uses Montresor’s point of view, plot, and symbolism to convey the cold, merciless man who is Montresor to warn the readers that not everyone is who they seem to be. Some people believe that Fortunato should have seen Montresor’s evil plan coming, and that he deserved this fate. At the very beginning of the story, Montresor “The thousand…show more content…
Montresor talks about Fortunato’s insult and his vow of revenge, but he also mentions his supposed family’s motto, no one attacks me with impunity, which is actually the motto of Scotland. From this information we can infer that Montresor 's family motto is not actually this and that he is a liar. We can then speculate that since Montresor had done this fifty years ago as told when Montresor says: No answer still. I thrust a torch through the remaining aperture and let it fall within. There came forth in return only a jingling of the bells. My heart grew sick; it was the dampness of the catacombs that made it so. I hastened to make an end of my labour. I forced the last stone into its position; I plastered it up. Against the new masonry I re-erected the old rampart of bones. For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them. In pace requiescat! (Poe 231) Montresor’s apparent pride in his having gotten away with the murder of Fortunato and the subtle lies he implants into the story only adds to the cold-hearted man who is Montresor. The story initially starts off telling us the situation where Fortunato had wounded Montresor a “thousand” times. One day, Fortunato goes too far and insults Montresor ultimately resulting in Montresor vowing revenge. Montresor has to craft a perfect plan, for if Fortunato is able to revenge him in return then Montresor’s efforts will have been in vain.
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