The narrator in “The Cask of Amontillado” intentions are clear, he is angry and vows to seek revenge against the person who has done him wrong. In this short story, Poe writes, “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” (168). The narrator, Montresor, evokes emotions of anger and is upset that Fortunato has embarrassed him.
I have concluded that the main reason behind Iago’s hateful actions was Othello choosing Cassio over Iago. I believe that this was the biggest reason because throughout the play, Iago becomes so infuriated and vengeful he attempts to kill Cassio. If Cassio’s promotion didn’t have such an impactful on Iago, then why would Iago go to
Hamlet repeatedly acknowledges his faults, most precisely to her. In conversation, he tells Ophelia how he is guilty of such terrible things that he shouldn’t have been born, and that he proud, revengeful, and ambitious (3.1.132-135). Hamlet is fully telling her his faults and that, while being scathing towards her, he is no better. Even after her death, he continues to express his flaws around her presence. This is seen at her funeral, for which he says to her brother, Laertes, “For though I am splenitive and rash, I have in me something dangerous, which let thy wisdom fear,” (5.1.275-276).
When Iago says this, he is showing his true colors. He is a sneaky and devious man who happens to be under the authority of Othello. He hates Othello and basically his life. He is jealous, dramatic, and is willing to lose everything just to cause chaos and destruction to anyone that crosses his path. Here, he is telling the audience that bad things are to come and his is beginning to have ideas on how to destroy Othello, Desdemona, and the
Maggie Bowers English Yellow Ms. Mackin 5 November 2015 Connecting the Dots The mood is conveyed to the reader through the narrator and there feelings. A feeling of suspense occurs in “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe. Montresor has held a grudge against Fortunato for probably quite some time now. In the beginning of the story Montresor says, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne the best I could; but when he ventured upon insult; I vowed revenge”. Montresor wants revenge on Fortunato for what he may or may not have done.
The story is introduced with, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (Poe, paragraph 1). When Montresor makes this statement, it means he is promising Fortunato and himself revenge. He is making a commitment to himself that Fortunato will get what he deserving, if it’s the last thing he does. For whatever reason Montresor sees his friend, Fortunato, as a vexation and wants to dispose of him. With this drive and motivation Montresor is capable of anything.
Additionally, they are both vengeful. Hamlet shows that he is vengeful when he says “Haste me to know’t, that I, with wings as swift As meditation or thoughts of love, May sweep to my revenge”. Laertes shows that he is vengeful when he wants to kill Hamlet. They also both care about Ophelia. On the other hand, Hamlet and Laertes have some differences.
However, Hamlet’s goes through a journey of different feelings towards this motivation. Hamlet is initially ardent to kill Claudius, driven by his anger and hate towards him. For example, Hamlet describes his hate for Claudius when he exclaims, “O villain, villain, smiling, damnèd villain!...At least I’m sure it may be so in Denmark (1.5.107–110). His description of Claudius as the villain shows that Hamlet seeks to commit justice for the corruption that Claudius has brought about. Hamlet continues, “So, uncle, there you are.
Playing a key role in Othello’s demise was one of his subordinates, Iago, whose talent for understanding and manipulating the desires of those around him made him both a powerful and a compelling figure. Stating, “I hate the Moor” (Act 1, Scene 3, 367-368), Iago shows that he is ripe with anger. Motivated by what he sees as Othello’s passing him over for a promotion, along with feelings of jealousy and lust, Iago formulates a plan to reap his revenge for what he believes are the wrongs Othello has committed against him; a decision that ends both of their lives. It is clear that Iago detests Othello simply because he has attained the life he could never have; something he is willing to do whatever it takes to destroy him for. Showing his true objective, Iago talks of how the simple fact there is a rumor Othello has slept with his wife is enough for him to seek to destroy him.
Iago’s contribution to an unstable mood shapes the theme of the play because he demonstrates that Othello is being “swallowed” by his rancorous acts as Othello speaks in prose and Iago allowed himself to evolve deeper into jealousy. Iago continues to exact revenge on Othello and other people are being affected negatively as they fall with Othello. As Iago and Roderigo are fighting, Iago steps aside and says: “ Now, whether he kill Cassio,/or Cassio him, or each do kill the other,/ Every way makes my gain. Live Roderigo,/ he calls me to a restitution large/ of gold and jewels that I bobbed from him/… If Cassio do remain,/ he hath a daily beauty in his life/ that makes me ugly. And Besides, the Moor/ May unfold me to him.” (V.I.13-22) Iago is thinking of killing Roderigo because he might be a threat to him.
Iago plots to destroy the lives of others by interfering with relationships. “Tis here, but yet confused. / Knavery’s plain face is never seen till used” (II.i.305-306). Iago is plotting his atrocious plan to destroy the marriage between Othello and Desdemona. Iago infers that his plan is rancorous, and the evilness will shine through, once the wicked acts are completed.