Character Analysis Of The Cask Of Amontillado

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The Cask of Amontillado - A Symbolic Character Analysis Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” is a grim revenge story escalated by a minor transgression taken unconventionally by the main character. “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” - Montresor. Evidently, Montresor’s reaction to being insulted is surreal and play into his personality as the story unfolds. Montresor believes the only way to right such an offence is to kill his own friend. However, such a brash action is not villainized within the context of “The Cask of Amontillado” instead it is used to explore the way that Montresor thinks as an individual. In addition, Poe’s narrative not only relieves Montresor of wrongdoing, but justifies it in a way that is intuitive to the reader. Coincidentally, the use of Montresor’s costume, the coat of arms, and the brick wall are expertly used to describe a sympathetic individual regardless of the disconcerting actions they have committed. Occasionally friends enter disputes due conflicting interests, sometimes it’s due to minor transgressions that evolve into legitimate problems in a relationship. Immediately, “The Cask of Amontillado” presents a toxic friendship overly dramatized by an alleged “thousand injuries”. Yet, regardless of the quantity the quality of the offence taken by Montresor is so great that when supposed friend ventures into insulting him, Montresor has had enough.

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