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The Revenge Factor
Poe’s story “The Cask of Amontillado” is characterized by irony, and is filled with
trickery, deception, and revenge to explain the psychology of the characters. The entire
story is based on revenge and trickery. Not only does the main character want revenge,
but he wants to enjoy it.
The two characters in “The Cask of Amontillado” are Fortunato and Montresor.
Fortunato is an eminently successful man. He enjoys the good things in life, is clever and
has no scruples. Montresor tells us that regarding paintings and gems he is a
complete quack. But he does pride himself on his connoisseurship of wines. He is not
a man of taste or feeling, and has little regard for anything but the immediate facts of
material existence (“The Cask” 2). Montresor like Poe, is a man of spirit. When he
decides to take revenge, he enjoys every minute of it. He plans revenge as if he were
creating a work of art. The story is told through the eyes of Montresor (“The Cask” 2).
Montresor has been insulted by Fortunato and vows revenge. He decides to
trick Fortunato in by telling him he has some wine to taste. Like a fool, Fortunato
follows him down in his catacomb. When Montresor presented Fortunato with the
wine, Fortunato raised it and said “I drink to the buried that repose around us (Poe 2).”
Little did he know that he would soon join them. This is an excellent example of
foreshadowing. As Fortunato drank the wine he began to feel the effects and soon
he was drunk. When they reached the Amontillado Montresor chained Fortunato up
to the wall and began laying teirs of masonry. As Montresor did this Fortunato
realized hat was happening but it was too late. As Fortunato came to he said “But is it
not getting late? Will not they be awaitng us at the palazzo, the Lady Fortunato and the
rest? Let us be gone.” Montresor said “Yes, let us be gone.” Fortunato then said “For
the love of God, Montresor!” Montressor said “Yes, for the love of God (“The Cask”
3)!” This summed up Montresor’s revenge.
“The Cask of Amontillado”is characterized by irony. For example, the story takes
place during the height of carnival season. You wouldn’t expect a murder during this
happy time. Also Montresor had on a tight-fitting party striped dress, and his head was
surmounted by the conical cap and bells (Poe 1). This is not exactly a murderer’s outfit.
Another example is Fortunato’s name. His name would hint to you that he might be the
fortunate one. However, this isn’t true either.
In conclusion, Poe’s story is characterized by irony, and is filled with trickery,
deception, and revenge. The main goal of the main character in this story was to not only
get revenge but to enjoy it. As you can see, he did.
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The Cask of Amontillado, Fortunato, Irony, Revenge, Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe
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