The Theme Of Revenge In Edgar Allan Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado

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Edgar Allan Poe is most famous for the gothic themes he presents in his writings, this was no exception for Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”. A straight-forward story that focuses on the theme of revenge. Poe brings up some important ideas about revenge which can be broken down into 3 parts: the incentive for getting revenge, the extent one is willing to go for revenge, and the reaction of the person after the act. This reasoning is essential in recognizing the act of revenge while reading the story. It provides the reader the ability to question their view on revenge as well as compare it to Poe’s ideas. I, for one, have no major revenge experiences such as the one in the story or any extreme cases in general, but I have had some of my own experiences of “revenge” and my own ideas of it. So while reading Poe’s story, I couldn’t help, but, to disagree with the ideas he presents over revenge. I believe the motive for revenge matters, the extent someone is willing to go for revenge isn’t always extreme, and regret isn’t always the result. In “The Cask of Amontillado” Poe gives no information as to why the protagonist, Montresor, is willing to kill a character, Fortunato, for revenge. It’s just known that he would go to great lengths to do it. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean whatever happened justifies Montresor to murder Fortunato. Poe does this in order to show readers that whatever the reason, it’s not worth taking another human life, but he still neglects to give
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