Examples Of Revenge In The Cask Of Amontillado

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“The Cask of Amontillado ": Revenge & the Human Soul
In "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe, the guilt-ridden Montresor reveals, a dark secret, that he tortured and murdered Fortunato. Fortunato 's ill-fate stems from Montresor 's intense hatred and immoral desire to "punish [Fortunato] with impunity. (Poe 740)", for his past transgression. Montresor believes, "A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes the redresser. (Poe740)" Montresor must inflict a suffering as great as the suffering Fortunato has inflicted upon him. He must punish without ill repercussions. Although, Montresor succeeds in outwitting and entombing Fortunato, Montresor still pays an ultimate price: the loss of his soul and suffering the uncertainty of a guilty conscience. Poe demonstrates through Montresor 's actions that it is impossible to seek revenge without negative consequences .
The story begins with Montresor confessing his actions to someone he
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Montresor’s conscience revealed itself through his heart growing sick. Montresor “…hastened to make an end of (his) labour.” Through, outwitting and entombing Fortunato, Montresor released himself from the chains of obsession but condemned his soul to the forever uncertainty of his conscience. Although Fortunato died “half a century” ago, Montresor has lived with the guilt.
In "The Cask of Amontillado" Edgar Allen Poe plunges deep into the mind of deranged man hellbent on revenge and reveals the lasting consequence of a freeing oneself from the mental chains of intense hatred. The act of retribution may seem sweet and promising when stewing in anger and hate but as Poe reminds us, it always comes with a price. Montresor and Fortunato both suffered due to their egos and their inability to change when faced with critical decisions caused dire

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