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Protagonists Montresor And Fortunato In Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado

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Protagonists Montresor and Fortunato in Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado

Poe's story "The Cask Of Amontillado" introduces two protagonists, Montresor and Fortunato who were friends. The encounters the two men had was hatred and revenge that turned to murder on the behalf of Montressor. The encounter for Fortunato was the appearance of his naivety but he encountered a deadly consequence.

Montressor was an angry but proud man who felt that the was wronged. His "vowed revenge"(Sipiora 240) was made and the execution was implimented in the catacomb vault of his home. Montressor's deep hatred for Fortunato was due to Montressor's feeling of deprivation of being "rich, respected, admired, beloved, you are happy, as I once was"(Sipiora 241-242). He was also envious of Fortunato's being a wine connisseur that readily bought wine whenever he wanted as well as being a member of mason. Montressor considered himself a "skillful"(Sipiora 240)connisseur and "bought whenever he could"(Sipiora 240). Yet, Montressor felt Fortunato was "resposnsible for his loss of status, happiness, love and respect"(Platizky 207). To annailate his enemy, Montressor lured his friend to his unsuspecting death by enticing him to sample a bottle of Amontillad.Montressor's revenge was implemnted with the sealing of Fortunato in the vault. By doing the deed, Montressor felt that "Fortunato is deprived of everything"(Gruesser 129). Fifty years later, Montressor is reinerating the encounter by confessing his present obsession of the revenge on Fortunato without the presence of remorese.

However, Fortunato appeared to have the presence of naivity. He was a proud, prosperous man that "prided himself in his connisseurship in...

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