Poe depicts Montresor as a maniacal character because of his brutal thought to kill Fortunato for an insult pertaining to himself. For instance, Montresor personally states his disgust for Fortunato: “But when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge” (Poe 1082). Montresor never clarifies Fortunato’s insult, but it is offensive enough for him to want his death. Additionally, Montresor carries arrogance and will not harm his dignity. In fact, he desires for Fortunato to suffer from all sincere regret.
One who would read the story would tell you that the whole thing is about revenge and it can be looked at as revenge twists the mind of a person who is vengeful, to begin with, or as revenge is a driving force behind a person going so far as to commit a murder. Such a person might be so obsessed with vengeance that he imagines reasons to obtain it are the right doing. In this story, Montresor 's family prides itself on leaving no insult unavenged. Montresor 's obsession with this has perhaps made him imagine that Fortunato has insulted his family just so that he, Montresor, has something to try his family 's pride on. As when the narrator says ‘’THE thousand injuries of
The two sides of that coin are both victims and culprits at the same time. A case can be made on the relationship of Montresor and Fortunato, in The Cask of Amontillado. We are introduced to Montresor, a man looking for revenge, while his elaborate scheme falls into place, little by little, eventually resulting in Fortunato’s death. He then marvels at his work, thinking what to do next as he believes he has succeeded in his vengeance.
The Ultimate Revenge in “The Cask of Amontillado” Edgar Allen Poe’s twisted nature is well represented in the unique writing style of “The Cask of Amontillado”. This short story takes the reader into the mind of a vengeful murderer who seeks the ultimate revenge. Throughout the writing, Poe combines emotion and imagery to impact to the reader. The construction of this dark and sinister work is manipulated by Poe by using the theme, point of view and tone. The theme is made clear in this story from opening line.
It is essential in overcoming anger inflicted to us by others. Seeking revenge offers no solution. The best form of revenge comes through forgiveness as a process of healing. The desire to inflict the same pain we have endured on the person or people who have inflicted pain on us is purely revenge. In Kindred, by Octavia Butler the protagonist, Dana
Montresor states from the beginning that he wants revenge for the fact that Fortunato had insulted him; along with all the injuries he had endured. He wanted justice for himself. Along with being damned to bring forth revenge upon Fortunato, Montresor felt as though he had been betrayed. As stated by Poe, “It must be understood that neither by wood nor deed had I given
Francis follows this pattern, thinking that because he’d done something wrong (leaving his family), he does not deserve to go back home. He reasons that staying away would be the best, and further, the right thing to do. Francis seems to have a judgmental eye as well, determining that the person who hit his friend, Rudy, in the head should also be prosecuted. Francis delivers a blow to the man. Most likely, the blow led to the raider’s death.
Yet, after this he is more concerned with how he is being viewed instead of their well being. His own worries are expressed when Parris exclaims, “But if you trafficked with the spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will and they will ruin me with it”(Miller 1131). He knows that if people were to find out, he could lose everything he worked for. Therefore, Parris does everything in his power to at least prove someone guilty, and in the process, completely goes against the morals he teaches. He is seen as a Godly man who is supposed to teach integrity.
The Consequences of Honor Being an honorable person requires one to follow a code of ethics for the greater good, even at the cost of his own life. If one breaks his code of ethics, he believes that living with the shame of breaking it for the rest of his life would be a “fate worse than death”. These selfless individuals care more about the needs of others than their own personal desires. However, there are people who take advantage of one’s honorable nature and use it for their own gain. This concern of acting honorably is shown in Brutus, the main character in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
The character of Oedipus is ruled by fate. The tragic hero is unable to escape his fate that was spoken over his life to happen. Even though Oedipus has chosen his own actions, the consequences he is sure to face have become undeniable and cannot be changed. Due to the flaws in his character, the king will fall from the good graces of those who once believed in him. In the tragedy “Oedipus the King” it begins with Oedipus showing his flaw of judgement when disregarding Teiresias warning.