In the short story “The Cask of Amontillado” Montresor states, “I must not only punish but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong” (Poe). In today's language, Montresor is saying that he wants to punish Fortunato without being caught, but he does want Fortunato to know that he was going to die by the hand of Montresor so he could have closure in the subject. In the online article “Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" the author states, “Montresor, who is the narrator of this disturbing short story, vows to get revenge on Fortunato for insulting him, and Montresor plans to seek retribution upon Fortunato to support his family motto "Nemo me impune lacessit" which means “No one assails me with impunity" in English” (Womack).
This is obvious in the first sentence, which says, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (Poe 236). The use of irony is in use throughout the story as well as showing the theme of revenge. The first ironic implement about the story is Fortunato’s name. The name Fortunato is a cognate for the word fortunate. This ties in with the theme of revenge because Fortunato is about to suffer an extremely unfortunate fate.
Finally, upon hearing the news of Ophelia’s death, Laertes is once again filled rage. “Hadst thou thy wits, and didst persuade revenge, it could not move thus” (Shakespeare IV, v, 145). In this quote, Laertes claims that even if Ophelia was sane, she could not persuade him any better than she is now to take revenge for them. He probably feels this way because he is angry that Ophelia has become like this, and blames it all on Hamlet. This could be a sign that he is becoming mad, since he is blaming everything on Hamlet without thinking anything through.
Tom begins to change once he witnesses it. His anxiety and guilt about Muff Potter’s fate are clear in the scenes he tries to get Huck to reconsider their vow to secrecy. The decision he finally makes (the decision to tell the courtroom about how the murder really went) is independent by every implication, however. Tom decides to follow his conscience despite his devotion to his loyalty to Huck, his superstition, and his own personal safety. Before the courtroom, Muff Potter tells Tom and Huck “You’ve been mighty good to me boys-better’n anybody else in this town.
What is the value of revenge if you get punished at the end for what you did ? Many people use the term “an eye for eye, a tooth for tooth, hand for hand, and foot for foot.” as a way to justify revenge. Most post-consequences aren’t just the death penalty or getting put into jail. An example is from “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet”, Romeo killed Tybalt because Tybalt had killed Mercutio beforehand , this lead to Prince ordering the banishment of Romeo from Verona . “Immediately we do exile him hence.
I don’t care how long I wait, if I can only do it, at last. I hope he will not die before I do!” (P.61) this shows the revenge towards hindley stared from childhood to adult. Hindley also take revenge towards Heathcliff Hindley’s attempt to kill Heathcliff only hurts himself in the process; it proves the point Isabella makes, “Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies” (P. 177). The fact that Hindley is mistreated as a child reflects the built up anger and resentment inside him and towards others. The hurt that Hindley feels is clearly understood, but sympathy for Hindley is only temporary because it is still his own fault for his predicaments.
As long as people have existed, they have wronged one another. They find different ways to harm others. Those who have been wronged tend to seek revenge no matter the situation. They feel as though they must revenge. Because humans almost always seek revenge, William Shakespeare’s statement, “If you wrong us, shall we not revenge?” holds significant truth.
Poe felt hatred toward death, and wrote of it like death was a person. Which death is not, but Poe liked to express his stories into personification. In “The Cask of Amontillado”, when Montresor was humiliated by Fortunato’s insults, it’s resembled to Poe’s life. When Death took away his family, he felt humiliated by Death, because it happened to them, instead of him. Like it was some sort of game.
Key details and scenes help illustrate the mood. Visuals and word usage help convey the mood in the scenes where it is the strongest. The mood of “The Cask of Amontillado” has a mood that is dark and mysterious with a tone of revenge. One can see this in the quote in which the character Montresor says “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge”(3). The story is based on Montresor’s need for revenge on Fortunato.
Amir is flawed, sinful greed dominates his conscience as he considers “Hassan was the price I had to pay” merely justifying “He was just a Hazara”, a thought the older narrator later laments “I was a coward”. Amir’s simple view of sin leads him to believe in revenge as repentance, he begs for “the punishment I (he) craved” from Hassan only to be greeted by cold rhetoric. The internal conflict he feels leads him to further commit acts of sin, he plants his “new watch and handful of Afghan bills” beneath Hassan’s mattress, a form of escapism from his guilt and shame. Hosseini anthropomorphises Amir as “the snake in the grass” and “monster in the lake”, creatures associated with deception and betrayal, conveying to the reader the depth of Amir’s morality. Sin in Amir’s life is not limited to his personal actions, his father for his words “when you lie, you steal
To this scene, Elizabeth Griffith offers her view of the situation by saying: “Here our detestation and abhorrence … serves to heighten our reinforcement of the injury.”2 Indeed, the reader is pulled into this realm, like Titus, of wanting more blood, more hewn body parts to be added to the protagonist’s belt. It is interesting that, while he was so determined when killing his earlier son and causing the death the beloved son of a vulnerable and helpless, he is so desperate to save his sons from possible death. The answer is obvious: his sons are not dying by his command. Thus, it exposes the hidden desires of control and power within Titus’s heart despite his apparent submission to the tradition of the emperor in Act I. In truth, Titus’s sadistic and controlling attitude is deeply rooted in his unconscious, much more deeply that his supposed persona of
Everybody will eventually want revenge on an old friend or just someone they know. Montressor, similar to many people in the world, wants revenge on one of his old friends, Fortunato. The story opens with, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (Poe 212). In this statement, Montressor tells the reader what the cause of his revenge against Fortunato is. “The Cask of Amontillado”, written by Edgar Allen Poe, tells the story of how Montressor brings Fortunato into the catacombs to bury him alive.
Montresor, whose name means “to show fate,” is a man with a bitter heart seeking for revenge. Throughout the story Montresor expressed his extended hatred towards Fortunato, a fellow friend. With great care and patience he meticulously formed a plan to end Fortunato. However,
Revenge Shall Be Mine In the short story, The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe, we see a man who is dead set on revenge. Has anyone ever done something to you, and you thought to yourself, “you just wait, your time will come?” If we were being honest, the answer to that question would be yes. The opening line to the story suggests that the narrator has had dealings with Fortunato before, but had never been insulted. “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge” (as cited by Kirszner & Mandell, 2012, pg. 190).