A Cask of Amontillado

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A Cask of Amontillado When you think of a revenge story, the first thing that comes to mind is either a depressed serial killer or a knight fighting to kill when a sorcerer steals his beloved princess. “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe is a stereotypical revenge story. As Poe is writing this story you can tell that he is a true mad genius. The narrator of the story, Montresor, seems to be a perfectly normal man, with a wish of revenge upon the unsuspecting Fortunato. Throughout the story, you delve into the mind of Montresor. I, personally, saw that three main factors affected the overall feel of the story: conflict, character, and irony. “”Come,” I said with decision, “we will go back; your health is precious.”” A quote from “The Cask of Amontillado”, page 193 in The Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe: a quote that portrays the conflict very well, in my opinion. When you first read the story it looks to be an open and shut case, person vs. person. When I read “The Cask of Amontillado” I thought the same thing at first, but as I looked into Montresor’s phrasing I saw a man who was grappling with the idea of killing another man. Throughout the story Montresor gives Fortunato a way out of the coming carnage. Montresor is a deeply troubled man, he takes the saying of the family, Nemo me impune lacessit way too seriously. He acted as though he had to uphold the honor of the family by punishing those who made them foolish, with no impunity. Another conflict is person vs. society. The idea that the revenge of Montresor’s upon Fortunato goes against the basic ideas of society. This idea ties into the theme. Montresor sends his entire staff to the carnival. He wanted the mansion empty so he could carry out his vengeance. As we all know, killing is bad; in fact anything past petty revenge is frowned upon. It seems that Montresor has a different

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