The Cask Of Amontillado, By Edgar Allen Poe

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In “The Cask of Amontillado,” by Edgar Allen Poe, one finds the horror throughout its pages. The ideas of unexplained revenge and images of scenes only getting darker and colder cause one to have feelings of dread and disbelief. The protagonist, Montresor, has waited fifty years to tell his story, and one has to question the reliability of what he is saying. Questions of true justice and the power of an insult arise, only magnifying those ideas of horror. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” one sees a man trying to justify unjust revenge, with irony and visual imagery used to emphasize the horror of a murder. The first person narration used throughout the story places an emphasis on unjust revenge. The horror stems from several different passages where the narrator, Montresor, is trying to justify his actions. At the very beginning of the story he says, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (Poe 653). One never finds out the exact reason or insult behind Montresor’s hatred for Fortunato, and as Fortunato is later called, “a man to be respected and even feared,” one can not help but wonder if this revenge was unjustified from the beginning (654). As the story continues, the Montresor even tells Fortunato, “You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was. You are a man to be missed” (655). The description of who Fortunato was does not match Montresor’s obsessive hatred of him, and
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