The Cast Of Amontillado By Edgar Poe

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In a majority of Poe’s writing, he expressed the danger of the “will to dominate.” Characters caught in this will looked at other people as objects for their own personal use. For Poe, this will was always destructive for the characters that expressed it. The morals of the main characters were often ignored as the “will to dominate” overtook the characters’ complete persona. All of the character’s virtues were completely eradicated in the pursuit of domination, thus leading to his or her eventual destruction. Although the characters often triumphed in achieving the fantasy that they salivated for, at the end of the story, the readers learn of the consequences that the characters had to pay for letting the “will to dominate” overtake them. Examples of this are highlighted in Montresor from “The Cast of Amontillado” and the narrator from “Ligeia.” In “The Cast of Amontillado,” Montresor recounts a rancorous feud that he had fifty years ago with his former enemy, Fortunato. Although Montresor succeeded in sadistically killing his enemy, it is Montresor that has been “dead” for fifty years. The way in which Montresor salivates over every detail of his narrative reflects that even though he was able to achieve his goal, he is still obsessed with Fortunato. Fifty years later, he is still plagued by the affair and allowed his “will to dominate” destroy all of his sanity and morals. In “Ligeia,” the narrator acts upon his “will to dominate” on his wife, Rowena, resulting in the
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