Deception In The Cask Of Amontillado

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It’s an eye for an eye, right? That’s what I’ve heard anyway. In the short story, “The Cask of Amontillado”, by Edgar Allan Poe the reader is taken on a quest through Montresor’s vaults in search of Amontillado. The story is narrated by Montresor as he guides his so called “friend” to death. Edgar Allan Poe was known for his dark stories, “The Cask of Amontillado” being no exception. Montresor felt his friend had wronged hi at one point. He vowed vengeance. Montresor retaliated using a rare wine labeled Amontillado. It was clear throughout the short story that Montresor is not a mentally stable individual. Montresor accomplishes the revenge he desires because he is manipulative, determined, and maniacal. Because of Montresor’s clever manipulation,…show more content…
Montresor’s family crest was a leading contributor to his determination, “Nemo me impune lacessit” (Poe, paragraph 24). This means nobody attacks me without punishment. In, “The Cask of Amontillado”, we are not enlightened as to what Fortunato did to Montresor, but it clearly upset with him. It is stated in the story that both Montresor and Fortunato come from families with high standings historically. Not following what your family crest stands for would almost be considered shaming it. Something Montresor would not do. Throughout all of, “the Cask of Amontillado”, Montresor’s determination is displayed. In the first sentence he tells the reader where his rage began. The story is introduced with, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (Poe, paragraph 1). When Montresor makes this statement, it means he is promising Fortunato and himself revenge. He is making a commitment to himself that Fortunato will get what he deserving, if it’s the last thing he does. For whatever reason Montresor sees his friend, Fortunato, as a vexation and wants to dispose of him. With this drive and motivation Montresor is capable of anything. If not for his determination Montresor may not have been able to murder
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