Examples Of Montresor Justified In The Cask Of Amontillado

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Edgar Allen Poe, the author of “The Cask of Amontillado,” translates the writings of Montresor over fifty years after his act of vengeance is committed. Through Poe’s writing, in Montresor’s words, we see that Montresor committed the perfect crime without any repercussions. Montresor vowed to end Fortunato’s life due to the “thousands of injuries” Montresor endured from Fortunato. When Fortunato insulted Montresor for the last time, this was the final straw which drove Montresor to plot a devious plan that would bring Fortunato’s life to a halt. Montresor 's narration of his redemption brought onto Fortunato, over fifty years ago, shows the reader that Montresor is devoted, justified in his actions, and intelligent. Firstly, Montresor is…show more content…
Although Poe never explains what injuries Montresor has endured from Fortunato, context clues imply that not only has Fortunato bore harm upon Montresor but also his family. So when Fortunato insults Montresor he is justified in his actions to rid him of his problem. Another reason why Montresor is justified in his actions is because no one else could end his quarrel with Fortunato, nevertheless, the only option Montresor is left with is to put an end to his problems with Fortunato, and the only way Montresor could make his issues with Fortunato come to an immediate halt is to end Fortunato’s life. If Montresor didn’t chain Fortunato to a rock and leave him to die, Montresor’s issue would have not subsided. Lastly, Montresor is justified in ending Fortunato’s life because Fortunato is a drunken fool. Fortunato is obviously a fool to follow Montresor into the catacombs not only is Fortunato risking illness due to large concentrations of nitrite, all for just a messily pipe of wine, he is walking into a trap which makes Fortunato’s appearance of a fool, due to his attire, jump out to the reader in an ironic fashion. Nevertheless even though Fortunato is an idiot to follow Montresor deep into the catacombs for only wine, maybe it’s because Fortunato is possibly an alcoholic, and he couldn’t resist the fine wine Montresor had to offer. Montresor is justified in his actions because Fortunato’s foolish ways and drunken gait…show more content…
Montresor’s final boasting, about leaving Fortunato to rot in the catacombs, shows the reader that Montresor has never represented himself to having any remorse over Fortunato’s death, as Montresor is able to suppress the memory of him leaving Fortunato for dead for so long. Also, when Montresor is an elderly man he finally felt safe to gloat by acknowledging his plan and actions over 50 years ago. Lastly, Montresor bragged about leaving Fortunato to starve in the catacombs by letting someone know 50 years after the event took
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