A Friend Who Wants Revenge Essay

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A Friend Who Wants Revenge The Cask of Amontillado is a story of revenge. Fortunato and Montresor are very close friends, but something breaks them apart. This something was far-more worse than any joke or trick. It was insult that Fortunato made towards Montresor. The relationship that Fortunato and Montresor have is unique because both men are different from each other, but yet very similar.Fortunato means to be favored by fortune. This definition is very true because Fortunato has been blessed with an abundance of wealth. Fortunato has a lot of family and many friends. He also seems to be sick. Fortunato has a very terrible cough which he disregards and says," It is nothing" (749). Fortunato is very subconscious. His ego sounds like it runs his life. Fortunato is the type of person that is and always has to be better then anyone else. For example," Luchresi cannot tell Amontillado from Sherry" (748). Fortunato says this because he believes that if Luchresi tells the difference between the two liquors then Fortunato will have failed. The one quote that explains Fortunato fully is," Come we will go back; your health is precious. You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was. You are a man to be missed?Besides there is Luchresi" (749).Unlike Fortunato Montresor is not loved, respected, or will be missed. Montresor at one point in time seemed to be similar to that of Fortunato. Montresor had lots of family and just as many friends as Fortunato. Unfortunately something happened. "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could, but when he ventured insult I vowed revenge" (747). Fortunato seems to have hurt Montresor in many different ways. Montresor has disregarded all other things that Fortunato has done except for the one and only insult that Fortunato has made towards Montresor. For this reason alone, is why Montresor seeks vengeance. Montresor does in fact get revenge. Montresor guides Fortunato through the long, dark hallways of his wine cellar. When these two gentlemen reach the end, Montresor locks Fortunato up in chains and builds a wall around Fortunato. When Montresor finishes building the wall, he says," In pace requiescat" (752)! This phrase means, may he rest in peace.Fortunato and Montresor have numerous similarities. These two men can be seen as...

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