The Theme Of The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan 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 179). This quote starts off the story and leaves its readers readers on why its author would write such a dark story? The short story "The Cask of Amontillado" written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1846 tells the story of a man called Montresor who gets insulted by another called Fortunato. Montresor takes this insult deeply and ends up killing Fortunato by trapping him behind a wall and abandoning him. The main theme that Poe explores throughout his short story “The Cask of Amontillado” is revenge, and he may have written this tale in response to the parodies that his rival Thomas Dunn English wrote to make fun of him.
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Montresor tells Fortunato to proceed and head towards the Amontillado, but when Fortunato interrupts his sentence, Montresor says, "... interrupted my friend, as he stepped unsteadily forward, while I followed immediately at his heels." (Poe 182). Poe used the word "friend" in the dialogue from Montresor directed towards Fortunato. The use of this word in the context between two enemies could mean that they were once friends. Knowing that Poe could have represented himself as Montresor and his enemy English as Fortunato could imply that were once friends as well. A poet called Frances Sargent Osgood had sent letters to Poe with indiscreet information. Another poet called Elizabeth F. Ellet asked her brother to retrieve the letters from Poe. Poe claimed that he had already returned them. English told Poe to take away the "unfounded charges" from Ellet. It got to the point to which Poe fought English and ended their friendship. Poe said that he gave English, "a flogging which he will remember to the day of his death" ("Thomas Dunn English - Thomas Dunn English Biography - Poem Hunter.") The biographical approach helped to see that Poe and English were once friends and a fight ended it, which provoked to write revenge writing about one
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