Edgar Allen Poe's Cask of Amontillado

analytical Essay
871 words
871 words

CASK OF AMONTILLADO Edgar Allen Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado is a story of fear and revenge. The dark side of human nature is exemplified through the character of Montressor and his victim, Fortunato. The story begins with Montressor’s vow of revenge. This is proven in the first sentence when Montressor says, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne best I could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” Montressor is a manipulative and vengeful person. These characteristics lead to the death of Fortunato. Through the words, acts, and thoughts of Montressor, one is able to see him carry out his plan for revenge. Montressor had to be sure not to raise suspicion of what he was going to do to Fortunato. The story takes place at a carnival in Italy where Montressor and Fortunato appear to come upon each other by chance. The setting moves to the catacombs of Montressor’s home. It is a place of doom where skeletons lie against damp walls covered in nitre. Montressor dons a “mask of black silk” and a heavy knee length cloak. Montressor’s clothes seem to indicate his wanting to conceal himself so he can carry out his devious plan. Fortunato is very drunk and dressed like a jester. Fortunato’s clothing seems to indicate his trusting but foolish nature. However, Montressor’s true character is alos indicated by his words. From the start of the story his vengeful nature sets the tone for the act...

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that edgar allen poe's the cask of amontillado is a story of fear and revenge.
  • Analyzes how montressor is manipulative and vengeful, and displays condescending traits. he addresses fortunato in the catacombs by saying, "your health is precious.
  • Opines that fortunato's plan for vengeance is easily seen through his plan.
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