The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allen Poe

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“THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge” (Poe 1). This line draws the reader into the story by bringing up questions like, what insults could have been done to deserve such revenge? The uniqueness in the question itself is that it turns the table of a classic mystery or gothic story (Mcgarth). Instead of asking “who did it,” the question is, “why did he do it” (Baraban "Motive for Murder in 'Cask of Amontillado '"). Montresor uses Fortunato’s strengthens and turns them into his weaknesses. He designs a whole plan around these “weaknesses” and keeps persuading Fortunato to keep playing his game. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Edgar Allen Poe displays Montresor’s…show more content…
One concept thinks that when Poe wrote this short story he had no intent for giving Montresor a reason to seek revenge. He just thought of good conflict between the characters and went from that. Others would say that Montresor could have be insane or crazy. The thirst for revenge could have been a result of a small incident or injury that could have triggered Montresor into going crazy. In contrast, the two are cordial and respectful in front of the socialites and Montresor still has enough sense to respect the code. They both attend a party full of other elite people and Montresor does not kill him in plain sight, but waits to complete the plan that appears seamless. Nevertheless, the happenings before the story might never be known and leaves it up to the reader’s imagination. It is hard to imagine killing anyone you know of any status, but even harder to think of killing a friend. Montresor calls Fortunato a friend throughout the entire story. “…that I encountered my friend” (Poe 1). Montresor points out how much Fortunato loves wine and has a great eye for picking the best ones out. Just this one point shows how well Montresor knows his friend. Montresor keeps brings up the fact that he could just ask the other wine expert, Luchesi, to go with him to the catacombs to try the amontillado. Indeed he knows that Fortunato would never pass up an opportunity to try some expensive wine and say that “…Luchesi, he cannot
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