The Cask of Amontillado

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Stephen Howell Dr. Dennis Comp II 5 March, 2009 Short Story Analysis: Draft #1 Just how far would you go to seek justice towards a person who has wronged you? How long would you wait? Could you loathe someone to such an extent, demanding revenge, all the while making them trust you as a friend and companion? Sure, it has been done. In the short story by Edgar Allen Poe, “The Cask of Amontillado”, and Such revenge is plotted in ways only imagined by someone like Poe. “At length, I would be avenged” (Paragraph 1). Revenge, deceit, betrayal, and devotion: these are the tones you can expect from this cryptic tale. You will be left with the question of justice (as Montresor did): is “eye for an eye” truly justice? Or is it an excuse to further commit crimes in the name of justice? “The Cask of Amontillado’ is actually a metaphor for the devious revenge plotted and carried out by one friend to another. Coming from a carnival, two “friends” take a journey that only one will return from. Fortunato, the unlucky character in this short story, follows his dear friend Montressor down a dreary cavern to view a buy for Montressor. Through this journey, Fortunato has no idea what awaits him, as he has walked right into a trap. He is drunk and vulnerable, but feels at ease in the presence of his “trusted friend”. What he does not realize is his untold injustice toward Montressor has proven to be his ultimate ending. “A wrong is undressed when retribution overtakes it’s redresser” (Paragraph 1) Poe uses irony several times in this story, as with many others of his. As this pair takes path through this cavern deep below the surface, nitre (saltpeter) fills the air. Fortunato coughs and wheezes from this tainted air, unable to comfortably breathe. Several times his friend tries to stop him, telling him “your health is precious, let us return” (irony). The irony here is

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