Cask Of Amontillado Literary Analysis

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In the “Cask of Amontillado” Montressor is a very angry and vengeful man. He says that he was insulted by Fortunato, but fails to give a reason as to why or how. He begins to enact his revenge by luring Fortunato in with the rare wine and when his “friend” Fortunato is drunk, he t proceeds to bring him deeper and deeper underground, while telling him to turn around repeatedly. Once he reached a place where no one can hear them, Fortunato walked into what he thought was another corridor, but it would turn out to be his grave! For as soon as Fortunato hit the wall, Montressor chains him against it. Montressor then begins to build a wall, which seals off Fortunato and leaves him for dead. Fortunato screamed and tried to struggle his way out of …show more content…

One difference is where they live and committed their evil deeds. Montressor lives in a European region, and you can tell this because there were catacombs. Catacombs are a European graves or tombs, and the presence of catacombs is confirmed when Poe writes “My heart grew sick; it was the dampness of the catacombs that made it so.”(Poe 239) General Zaroff lives and hunts on his island, and we know that he lives on an island because Connell writes “The old charts call it `Ship-Trap Island,”(Connell 13) This is later where Rainsford will end up meeting Zaroff and going to his home. Another difference would be the number of men killed by these two. Zaroff has killed many people, as seen when in the story it says “That is why I use them.”(Connell 22) When he says “them” it shows that there has been more than one.(Connell 22) Montressor, as far as we know, has only killed Fortunato. “The thousand injuries Fortunato I had borne as best I could,”(Poe 233) Montressor only talks about Fortunato only, so we must assume that Fortunato is the only one who has met his fate at Montressor’s hand. There reason for their killings also differ. Zaroff does it for pleasure, “It gives me pleasure.”(Connell 22) Montressor on the other hand did it for revenge for he says “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.”(Poe 233) Although different they are still both very horrible and disgusting

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