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Grave Essay

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A theme in The Cask of Amontillado is the revenge. Montresor explains that he has been deeply hurt and offended by Fortunato. Montresor does not simply say he will take revenge on Fortunato, but he “vowed” revenge. That demonstrates the commitment that Montresor has towards his revenge. His revenge consists of a carefully manufacture plan that will end the life of Fortunato. His carefully manufacture plan demonstrates the obsession hat Montresor has with revenge. Montresors need to revenge is so strong that he is willing to end the life of someone who he calls “dear Fortunato” and “friend”.
Revenge may also play a big role in the Montresors family. We are able to make that assumption by reading the family motto “No one provokes me with impunity” and also “the foot crushes a serpent whose fangs are imbedded in the heel”. The previous quotes demonstrate that the Montresor family will take revenge on anyone and everyone who causes any form of harm and discomfort to their family. Betrayal is a powerful driving force to the Montresor family. At the beginning of the story, Montresor states that he will punish with “impunity”. The family motto has great significance in his feelings towards Fortunato. He feels that Fortunato is the serpent whose fangs are in his heels; now his foot must crush that serpent. It is clear that Montresor has pride in his family motto.
Pride is also a theme in The Cask of Amontillado. Montresor has pride for his family motto; that pride might be cause for the murder of Fortunato. We do not know what wrong Fortunato has done towards Montresor. We only get one side of the story; therefore, we cannot be one hundred percent sure that Fortunato has done any damage to Montresor. What is known for sure is that Montresors is full of pride and revenge. On the other hand, Fortunato’s pride causes him to willingly walk into his own grave. Fortunato believes...

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