The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allen Poe

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Francis Bacon once wrote “A man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.” Bacon is telling us that it really hurts the individual to hold a grudge and seek revenge. “The Cask of Amontillado” is a short story by the American poet, editor and story writer Edgar Allen Poe. This story is a tale of revenge touching on the darker sides of human nature and at what lengths a man will go to achieve vengeance. We are told by our narrator Montresor that he had been insulted by a wealthy wine connoisseur named Fortunato. Montresor picks him out of the carnival and lures him into his wine cellar with promise of a renown sherry wine, Amontillado. Fortunato is baited by the trap and follows Montresor to the…show more content…
While walking through the cellar they engage in conversation regarding Montresor’s family crest. Montresor explains that it is "A huge human foot d 'or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel" (764). Here is a great example of symbolism for revenge, as the person being bitten completely stomps the snake. It is the first bit of possible foreshadowing Fortunato receives that he may be in trouble. As the discussion continues between Fortunato and Montresor, he mentions his family motto is "Nemo me impune lacessit" (764). This quote translates to “No one wounds me with impunity.” Montresor makes good on this when he brutally murders Fortunato. I found this quote interesting because this further shows the plot of revenge. Following this scene, Montresor only encourages him to turn back, you can almost sense hesitation or regret brewing within him. Another prominent theme we see is the contrast between life and death. We are shown this as Poe sets the opening scene by writing that “It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season” (762). Here you are shown a very lively event where all the townspeople celebrate and come together. It is a joyous celebration full of life and happiness. Later on in the story, Montresor brings Fortunato to his family wine cellar and catacomb where they’re left completely alone, away from all life. One part of the cellar is described as
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