Theme Of Revenge In The Cask Of Amontillado

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Murder, motive, and mania drive the twisted plot that unfolds in the Cask of Amontillado. Edgar Allan Poe in his short story tells of a young aristocrat murdering another for a thousand insults paid his way. The plot that unfolds in the 2300 words that Poe writes demonstrates Montresor’s character and motive for murdering Fortunato. Poe in his short story continues to draw the readers in by delivering characters who challenge the norms of loyalty and revenge. The Cask of Amontillado starts off with Montresor telling the gripping tale of what happened that night to a trusted friend. The story opens on the night of a festival where Montresor runs into Fortunato after an evening of drinking and revelry. Montresor then baits Fortunato into coming into his home and tasting a very rare wine called Amontillado. Montresor claims that this wine is deep in his cellar and encourages Fortunato to continue to drink to keep him inebriated and unaware of his surroundings. As they near the end of their journey, Montresor quickly binds Fortunato up against a wall and then proceeds to bury him alive. The narration of the story takes place as Montresor appears to be on his death bed fifty years later. This story which should have caused Montresor pains or regrets he is now telling after fifty years. Elena V. Baraban in her analysis of the Cask of Amontillado quotes Charles May on page 165 and says:
“even if our hypothesis that Montresor tells the story as a final confession… is
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