The Cask of Amontillado

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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. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.” (Luciano 68) becomes the driving force throughout the story. Critique Bill Delaney offers an eloquent analysis of the piece. He argues that the central theme of the story be that of closure and writes that” the story proceeds from cold fury to peace of mind” (40). The story captures the essence of revenge in a gothic yet effective way. It undoubtedly leaves the reader in a chaotic mix of puzzling emotions. The reader shares with Montresor feelings of satisfaction, pity, and closure; all of which are observational emotions within Poe’s context and within life.
The theme of revenge plays a dominant role within this piece of literature. Readers are enticed by the theme which leaves the protagonist vengeful for much of the story. Montresor’s plot against his enemy is sparked by the irreparable insult made by Fortunato. His quest for revenge strips him from his humanity and becomes a premeditated murderous conspiracy against Fortunato. Montresor strongly desires a feeling of satisfaction. He believes that this satisfaction can be acquired through the demise of his enemy. He is first satisfied by the foolishness of his enemy. He uses the pride of Fortunato as well as ...

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...s offers insight as well as agreeable viewpoints that help readers understand the themes as well as interpret their own viewpoints about the context of the story. The macabre is captivating and produces critical thoughts within the minds of its readers as well as a variety of emotions. I agree with Delaney, “Love can turn to hate and often does; but hate--- and certainly in Poe’s perverse world--- can turn to affection” (41). The feelings readers share with Montresor are feelings common not only in fictional literature, but also within the nonfictional lives that we lead.

Works Cited

Delaney, Bill. "Poe's 'The Cask Of Amontillado'." Explicator 64.1 (2005): 33-35. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 9 Apr. 2014.
Poe, Edgar A. "The Cask of Amontillado." Introduction to Literature. Comp. Professor Luciano. Boston: Pearson Learning Solutions, 2014. 68-74. Print.

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