The Cask of Amontillado Essays

  • Poe's Inside a Killers Mind

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    Inside a killer's mind “You can’t use logic on human behavior.” (Jeff Lindsay, Darkly dreaming Dexter). The short story "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe is a story of disturbing events, foul play, and revenge. What's so disturbing is the lengths Montressor goes to gain his 'revenge'. How we get such insight is through the wonderful written first person view of Poe. Point of view can be so crucial to a story.

  • The Cask of Amontillado

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    The Drama of Irony The Cask of Amontillado is a short story by Edgar Allen Poe. It is a somewhat eerie story about a man who commits a premeditated murder for the sake of revenge. The theme of murdering someone over an exaggerated grudge is what makes this story so compelling. In addition to the strong theme, Poe uses metaphors and irony to make a story that is profound and makes an impact on the reader. Poe creates a character that is not only insane enough to commit murder over an “insult” but he does so with a very warped state of mind.

  • The Cask of Amontillado

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    In different ways, both of these men are proud and affluent, yet both have downfalls that will lead to a tragic ending. Edgar Allan Poe’s use of language contributes to the understanding of the dynamic between the two men. Although the two men are perceived differently, they both want the same thing; to satisfy the taste for something that has been long overdue. Poe has an eloquent way of reproducing great literary elements in the story, the theme of deception and revenge, is justified with the use of Irony and symbolism. “THE Thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge” (Poe 1).

  • Character Analysis

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    Character Analysis Paper: Montresor Revenge is always sweet and best served cold. The author of the book “The Cask of Amontillado” is Edgar Allen Poe. So in the story Motresor wants revenge on a fellow named Fortunato. Montresor creates a scheme to seek revenge on Fortunato and ultimately to murder him. Montresor tells the reader how he is to execute his plan.

  • The Cast of Amontillado

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    Analysis of the Character Montresor in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” the narrator, Montresor, tells a story of revenge. He is very proud of his accomplishments and wants the reader to marvel at his craftiness. By telling the story from Montresor’s point of view, the reader can see into the frightening mind of a murderer. Edgar Allan Poe wrote the story with Montresor’s perspective. He promises to get revenge against his friend Fortunato.

  • The Cask of Amontillado

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    An Analysis of “The Cask of Amontillado” Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” is a short story about a man who was wronged and decides to get revenge on the offending individual. Monstesor’s narration inadvertently shows the audience what he went through as he let anger and bitterness rage within him because of his wounded pride. There is also a dramatic irony in that Montresor shows concern for Fortunato at the same time he intends to kill him as they descend to the depths of the catacombs. A popular phrase says; “pride comes before the fall”. In “The Cask of Amontillado”, we see that both in Montresor as well as Fortunato.

  • Cask of Amonitalldo

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    It shows that Montressor has put more thought into his murder, making it premeditated. "I shall Warner 2 not die of a cough.” “True – true, I replied.” (Poe) Montresor is always joking about death. And he makes it almost seem funny, until the end. Poe uses “dark” humor to lighten up the story. Making Montressor seem more psycho because he thinks killing someone is funny.

  • The Cask of Amontillado

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    Poe’s Use of First Person in “The Cask of Amontillado” Edgar Allen Poe’s tale of murder and revenge, “The Cask of Amontillado”, offers a unique perspective into the mind of a deranged murderer. The effectiveness of the story is largely due to its first person point of view, which allows the reader a deeper involvement into the thoughts and motivations of the protagonist, Montresor. The first person narration results in an unbalanced viewpoint on the central conflict of the story, man versus man, because the reader knows very little about the thoughts of the antagonist, Fortunato. The setting of “The Cask of Amontillado”, in the dark catacombs of Montresor’s wine cellar, contributes to the story’s theme that some people will go to great lengths to fanatically defend their honor. Because Montresor narrates the story in the first person, the reader is able to perceive his thoughts and understand his motivations and justifications for his ruthless murder in a manner which a third person point of view would not allow.

  • The Cask of Amontillado

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    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

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    Revenge is Served Cold & Ironic “Revenge is a dish best served cold” This is a quote I am sure many have thought about after reading “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe. This short story is about a man Montressor and his brutal revenge against his former egotistic friend Fortunato. In Poe’s story, he uses verbal, dramatic and situational irony to emphasize the intentions of Montressor. Irony in which a person says one thing and means another is verbal irony. In “The Cask of Amontillado” verbal irony is exemplified when the Montressor shows concern about Fortunato’s health.

  • The Cask of Amontillado

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    Tiffany Etheridge Mr. Vogt. 4/26/13 English1 Edgar Allan Poe is one of greatest American authors and poets. He is well-known as a master of using irony in his story. “The Cask of Amontillado” is a horror story about revenge of Montresor upon Fortunato. Fortunato believes Montresor is his good friend, but he ends up with being chained and walled in to the catacombs.

  • Ironic Poe Essay

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    Ironic Poe “The Cask of Amontillado” is a horrific short story, which revolves around the themes of revenge and pride. The use of irony conveys a reality different from appearance and gives the story a touch of comedy and originality. We find irony in the names of the characters, the scenery, the attire, and the dialogue Montresor has with Fortunato throughout the story. From the beginning, we can see the irony that Edgar A. Poe puts in his story. The name Fortunato would clearly imply that this is a man of good fortune, when actually he was about to face the end of his life.

  • A Cask of Amontillado

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    “A Cask of Amontillado” Villainy Essay Edgar Allen Poe acknowledges, “Men have called me mad, but the question is not yet settled whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence—whether much that is glorious—whether all that is profound—does not spring from disease of thought, from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.” In Edgar Allen Poe’s, “A Cask of Amontillado,” craziness possesses a man to plot the killing of a man that has insulted him in a way the reader is unaware of. Montresor, the antagonist, loses his mind while luring Fortunado, the other main character, to his unknown death. Montresor, throughout the story, get crazier and crazier. At first, Montrosor smiles at Fortunado thinking about the way he is going to kill him. Fortunado takes the smile as Montresor being happy to see him.

  • 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.

  • The Cask of Amontillado

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    Poe utilizes literary techniques such as foreshadowing, revenge with pride, and irony, in order to create a horrific and suspenseful masterpiece. Poe utilizes foreshadowing in a most grim and dark way. First when Fortunato says, "’I shall not die of a cough’", Montressor replies, "’True – true’" (Poe 16). Instead, Montressor knows that Fortunato will perish from his vengeful scheme of walling him up, Huffman 2 and having him die by means of a slow suffocation. Fortunato is a proud man and he does not think that his death with be due to something as petty as a cold.

  • “The Cask Of Amontillado”

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    “The Cask of Amontillado” “The Cask of Amontillado” a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe, writes from Montresor’s point of view. In the story Montresor’s trys to kill Frotunato because Frotunato teases Montresor and Montresor wants to kill him to get revenge. Montresor wants to punish him with impunity and he wants to see his immolation. Throughout the story Montresor acts ironic to try to hook Frotunato to kill him. This makes Montresor an unreliable narrator.

  • The Cask Of Amontillado

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    “The Cask of Amontillado” Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” is the perfect story of revenge. Frotunato insulted the Montressser therefore Montresser plans out his revenge. The suggest that when someone seeks revenge the will go to extreme lengths to achieve it. Poe’s short story “The Cask of Amontillado” lets us inside the mind of a mad man seeking revenge on his friend Fortunato. Poe uses all the elements of fiction to support the theme.

  • An Act of Revenge

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    “The Cask of Amontillado” is one of Poe’s greatest short stories. This story has two main characters, Montresor and Fortunato. In this story, Fortunato insulted Montresor, so Montresor vowed revenge. Fortunato is a very prideful character, so Montresor plays on Fortunato’s pride to lure him to the catacombs under the city where Montresor traps him. The lengths Montresor went to get revenge on Fortunato leads me to believe he is a very vindictive character.

  • Short Stories Comparison

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    Characterization is the describing/ depictions of characters to advance a theme. Overall, humans are inherently evil is the main them. “The Cask of Amontillado” is a masterfully written short story by the horror lord Edgar Allen Poe himself. The story concerns a man named Montresor trying to get revenge on a man named Fortunato (‘The Fortunate One” in Italian”). However, he has some terms on this revenge, he does not want to get caught and he wants Fortunato to know it was him, and also when says revenge, he means killing him.

  • A Cask Of Amontillado

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    It is a tale of betrayal by both protagonist and antagonist. One of the best parts of this story is the long, long build-up to the final part, the tension and anticipation just get almost unbearable. In a way, this story is similar to the works of O. Henry, who really perfected the idea of the surprise ending. And Poe leaves us wondering whether the protagonist ultimately feels so happy after all with his revenge. In the story Edgar Allan Poe writes in first person point of view, from the perspective of Montresor, the diabolical narrator of this tale, who vows revenge against Fortunato.