Essay about The Cask of Amontillado

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Edgar Allen Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," is a story of revenge to the highest degree. This theme is evident in the first sentence, "the thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge." The suggestion of vengeance is repeated several more times in the opening paragraph. Poe gives us a view at premeditated murder from the details in his story told through the eyes of Montresor. While he carefully removes unnecessary parts of the story, Poe elaborately and vividly relates this bone-chilling tale of revenge while keeping his audience waiting for more. The theme of Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" is reprisal and he uses all the elements of fiction (plot, setting, …show more content…
Perhaps Poe derived the name Montresor from the word monster, which after reading the story many would agree Montresor is indeed. In addition, Montresor mentions Luchesi, an acquaintance of both the men. Montresor claims that he was going to have Luchesi taste Amontillado, because he knows that Fortunato will be outraged by this and insist on trying it himself. Fortunato does not believe that Luchesi is as good of an expert as he himself is. Poe uses the name Luchesi, which is derived from the Italian word ‘lucrative.' Irony is used in the beginning scene of Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado." When we first meet Fortunato he is dressed as a jester. According to the story, "he had on a tight-fitting parti-striped dress, and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells." This is an important part of the story, because we know that Montresor wishes for revenge and wants Fortunato to feel like a clown as he felt when Fortunato had insulted him.
Ironic language is also used in "The Cask of Amontillado." When Fortunato first volunteers to try the Amontillado, Montresor claims that he worries about his ‘friend's' severe cough and that going into the damp, cold catacombs will not be good for his health. But Fortunato insists, as Montresor has counted on him doing. Later, while being led through the catacombs, Fortunato begins to cough. Montresor tells him that

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