Revenge In Edgar Allan Poe's The Cask Of Amontillad

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Revenge in Edgar Allan Poe's The Cask of Amontillado
In the story "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe, he writes about a man named Montressor who for some reason (one that we do not know) vows revenge on a well respected and even feared guy named Fortunato, to better understand the story though you will want to know about the author Edgar Allen Poe. Edgar Allen Poe has been a huge influence to many writers in short stories. Most of his tales deal with detective, and gothic horror tales, and in most of his tales readers live the story through first person narrator like in "The Cask of Amontillado" who tells the tale. The fact that Poe presents a first person narrator allows for the possibility that the information he provides is not reliable. From this we can conclude that the way Montresor sees things is not accurate reality. From this we can consider that Montresor is insane we better understand the nature of vengeful behavior. In this story from when Montressor vows revenge to when Fortunato is sealed up to his doom there is a lot that goes on such as certain foreshadows and ironies like when Montressor reveals that he is a freemason. I'm also going to support an analysis supporting the theme of the story on "revenge" and how it's demonstrated through out the story of "The Cask of Amontillado." By analyzing the rest of the story we'll come to understand that Montresor might really be insane.
Throughout the story Montresor portrays himself as a rational person. This is true throughout the rest of the story but, his perspective is so screwed. What may seem normal to him may actually be abnormal behavior. Like when he says "thousand injuries of Fortunato I have borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge." (Poe 1-2) This first line is a prime example of that abnormal behavior because even though this might seem rational its not. Why would someone go as far as to horrifically murder that person just because of an insult. What's more is he doesn't really say what fortunate did to him. So this is another clear sign that Montressor's act of revenge is a sign of being insane.
As they progress into the catacombs Fortunato is bombarded by all these hints and clues about his coming doom but this is what truly is evil that montresor is truly insane enough and mad enough to make fortunato a fool. Some hints and clues is when fortunato is encumbered with a cough supposedly from the nitre and Montressor acts as though he is concerned and asks if they should go back in which in return Fortunato replies "The cough is a mere nothing, it will not kill me. I shall not...

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