Similarities Between The Cask Of Amontillado

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Retaliation establishes a feeling of completeness for many people because they feel as if they have re-established an equilibrium in terms of justice. This act of retaliation can be found throughout many short stories written by Edgar Allan Poe. In particular, Poe begins his short story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” explaining the background of the two main characters, Montresor and Fortunato. Montresor is the narrator of the story and is ultimately planning gruesome revenge on a conceited man named Fortunato. The story takes place in Italy during carnival, a festival before the fasting period of Lent. Fortunato is intrigued into following Montresor underground into Montresor’s family catacombs after bumping into him at the celebration. Fortunato fashions himself a wine aficionado; consequently, Montresor uses his vanity against him by asking him to sample a wine, the Amontillado. Montresor lures Fortunato into the depths of the catacombs by indicating that he wants confirmation from Fortunato that Montresor did, in fact, buy the wine for the wrong price. Being intrigued, Fortunato cannot help himself. He must follow Montresor to what will become his tomb. The story takes a turn when Montresor has a plan that leads to …show more content…

However, the reader is not surprised by the resolution because of the single effect Poe creates throughout the story: a chilling and horrifying mood elicited by Poe’s use of carefully constructed imagery,

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