Montresor In The Cask Of Amontillado

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"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The massive characters are seared with scars."- Khalil Gibran. In the short story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” written by Edgar Allen Poe, the main character, Montresor, suffers from an abnormal physcology for revenge due to his name being mocked by a man named Fortunato. Montresor is so consumed by his hatred for Fortunato that he deliberately creates a plot to murder Fortunato to seek justice for himself and his family name. In order to convey this to the audience Poe uses foreshadowing, suspense, and exposition to reveal the intentions of Montresor.
The first literary tool Poe uses in order to reveal the intentions of Montresor is exposition. Poe uses exposition in the beginning of, “The Cask of Amontillado,” in order to get the rest of the story in motion. Poe writes, “Fortunato had hurt me a thousand times and I had suffered quietly. But then I learned that he had laughed at my proud name, Montresor, the name of an old and honored family.” The audience can infer from this that Montresor has been, in a way, bullied by Fortunato and when Fortunato mocked Montresor’s name the
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Poe uses foreshadowing to reveal the upcoming intentions of Montresor. An example of this is when Poe writes, “I promised myself that I would make him pay for this, that I would have revenge.” Just by using the word revenge the audience can already tell that Montresor is going to do something to Fortunato in order to bring justice for himself. Another example of foreshadowing is when Poe writes, “We walked on for sometime. We were now under the river’s bed, and water fell in drops upon us from above. Deeper into the ground we went, past still more bones.” From the description the author uses the audience can create an image of a catacomb. Catacombs are used to put dead bodies in, this foreshadows that Montresor is going to kill
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