In his short story, The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allen Poe produces a macabre tale about pride, revenge, and deception. The haunting tale is narrated by the vengeful Montresor who seeks to redress the wrong doing of his peer, Fortunato. He allows his pride to overtake his humanity and consequently lures Fortunato to his murderous death. His plan, “I must not only punish but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes it redresser.
The story descends to madness much like how the mind does when it deals with strong fixations. Even at the story’s opening sentence, there is a sense that the narrator is still grappling with his all-encompassing obsession with the murder. It is only at the end that we learn that the entombment happened fifty years previously, and had been undisturbed. This story’s retelling could be in a journal entry for self-release, a story told to an unnamed listener for gloating purposes, or some other combination for forgiveness. The circumstances surrounding its retelling are up to the reader’s interpretation, especially in relation to the narrator’s aim.
One’s pride can either lead to justice or to revenge depending on the morals of the actions taken. In Edgar Allan Poe’s terrifying fictional short story “The Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor murders the narcissistic Fortunato to at first repair and then avenge his family’s honor and is solidified by renowned scholar Elena V. Baraban’s “The Motive for Murder in ‘The Cask of Amontillado’ by Edgar Allan Poe.” Throughout the story Poe navigates the paths of justice and revenge through restoring honor to the noble Montresor family name. Every wrong must be corrected, because justice is a show of morality. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Poe illustrates justice through Montresor restoring his family’s honor by putting Fortunato in his place after he insults Montresor’s pride when he pompously said that he forgot Montresor’s coat of arms (Poe 5) right after Montresor stated that “the Montresors were a great…family” (Poe 5). Montresor’s past tense use of “were” in reference to the Montresor family greatness implies a falling out that was most likely caused by Fortunato because of his slur against the Montresor family symbol during a time when family status meant everything.
The short story “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe tells the story of Montresor seeking revenge on Fortunato. Montresor does not specify what is exactly said that makes him commit premeditated murder. He mentions that it was an insult that turned him towards revenge the moment he heard it. He becomes obsessed with punishing Fortunato. Poe uses elements of horror to illustrate Montresor’s obsession for revenge leading to the death.
Sophocles uses dramatic irony to develop the play, by introducing Oedipus’ hardships directly at the beginning: “For who knows, tomorrow this selfsame murderer / may turn his bloody hands on me. / The cause of Laius therefore is my own” (Sophocles 11). At this point in the story, Oedipus is well aware of Laius’ disappearance, but is unaware that he is the source of his explicit agony. Another example of dramatic irony that influences Sophocles tragedy would be when Oedipus bickers with Tiresias over the true killer. Tiresias mentions, “I tell you this... ... middle of paper ... ...eveloped into a full out tragedy.
Poe uses the aspects of dramatic and verbal irony, foreshadowing and symbolism to shape his tale of revenge. Fortunato's fate is death and Montresor tries to make his intentions seem honorable. His intentions were not honorable, just evil. He does however, manage to get what he set out for, revenge. Works Cited Gruesser, John.
Through characters, symbols, and the setting Poe tells the story of “The Cask of Amontillado” that revenge is driven by pride. In this story which is “The Cask of the Amontillado” is being told in a dark point of view which is the death and betrayal of someone. Monteresor feels betrayed by Fortunato, which
Through the soliloquies he gives we see Hieronimo’s grief manifests itself in an active, rampant manner whilst Isabella’s is in a passive, oppressed way. Hieronimo's madness propels and yet delays the tragedy. His paroxysms manifest in soliloquies, and his strange visions build tension, at the same time effectively pushing back the final act of revenge. “This way or that way? Soft and fair, not so: For if I hang myself, let's know, who will revenge Horatio's murder then?” This question is the central di... ... middle of paper ... ...o his failing mind but there are other forces acting upon the final tragic event.
Thus, revenge will, and can, only end in despair and agony of the mind. Therefore, provided that all that has been said is true, revenge would appear quite unseemly to the observant onlooker. However, taking an in-depth insight into revenge you can uncover quite a compelling feature, which is best summed up into one word. Pride. Pride is the one clear motivational proprietor needed to push a protagonist into the downward spiral of personal vendetta.
At the beginning of the story, Montresor tells us that he has vowed vengeance on Fortunato. Montresor also states "I must not only punish, but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done wrong." (Poe 673).