Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado

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Montresor made an audacious decision in Edgar Allan Poe’s story, “The Cask of Amontillado” to commit a murder encased with envy. In the story, Montresor reminisces to his audience (fifty years after the felony), bragging about how he got away with this crime. Throughout the story, readers learn more about Montresor’s past; that he has been affronted by Fortunato about the squander of his family’s wealth. Montresor feeling a lack of virility; resorted to murder to feel influential again, without hesitation to his deed. His actions and choice of words throughout the story accede to the proof that Montresor’s jealousy of the aristocracy ultimately leads to him committing murder. From the beginning of “The Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor…show more content…
While Montresor finishes building up the wall, he takes a second to think over what he is doing, “... the thought of an instant reassured me. I placed my hand upon the solid fabric of the catacombs, and felt satisfied” (Poe 165), not only does he feel no remorse for what he is doing, but he is proud of killing Fortunato. Montresor is so fixated on the fact that he scrutinizes Fortunato as better than him, turning him into a sociopath for murdering in cold blood. After Montresor finishes his construction of the wall to seal Fortunato in Montresor determined, “My heart grew sick- on account of the dampness of the catacombs” (Poe 166). This sick thought, is ironic about feeling bad for killing Fortunato, he never felt bad; he is disdain about Fortunato. Even by a “...half of a century” after he sealed him in, “no mortal has disturbed them. In pace requiescat!” (Poe 166), Montresor feels no regret about killing Fortunato. In Fact, he feels pride that he got away from it. Montresor is delighted by the impunity of killing Fortunato that he feels the need to tell someone of his
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