"The Cask Of Amontillado" Edgar Allan Poe

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1ColeAustin ColeEnglish 102Wallace21 October 2014Freedom to the EndRevenge is not a noble sentiment, but it is a human one. Time and time again throughout history revenge has been a strong motive for the action of man. Battles, wars, assassinations more times than not can be traced back all the way to one common theme: revenge. It is also no surprise that many stories have been written with revenge being the basis of the plot, and the American author Edgar Allan Poe often utilizes this and other raw sentiments. Edgar Allan Poe has a very distinguished writing style that shows a reoccurring theme of death, lost love, or both. He stills finds ways to elegantly intertwine these themes in some of his finest work. For example, in "Arthur Gordon Pym" and "Metzengerstein" he has the unique ability to tell his gothic tales of mystery and horror and simultaneously romanticize the audience by shifting from surface suspense and plot pattern to his symbolic play in language and various meanings of words. In the short story first person narrative "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe the theme of revenge blinds a man long enough for him to kill someone but will haunt him for the rest of his life. A close look at the context and motif in the short story show indications that lead the reader to believe that the narrator did not walk away from the event unscathed.The narrator of the story immediately tells the reader that he now "vows" revenge on Fortunato after not only hurting him but pushing too far and insulting his character. The setting is a carnival celebration in which Fortunato is properly dressed in jester clothes and seems to have indulged himself to his heart's delight in the available wine at the event. The narrator then references that he has come across a rare exquisite barrel of brandy called Amontillado in which Fortunato expresses much interest in trying out. So the narrator leads Fortunato down into the underground cellar or "catacomb" of the Montresor family to show him the barrel of wine. As he leads him further and further underground Montresor offers Fortunato more drinks and more drinks thus getting him drunker and drunker. Yet, Montresor shows a conflicted action when he states that he thinks Fortunato is too sick to be down in the crypts as Fortunato continuously keeps coughing as they head further and further underground and offers him the chance to go back. Fortunato refuses. Fortunato is far too fixated on the rare brandy too turn back now. Eventually as they make their way down into the crypts, Fortunato drunkenly walks and stumbles his way into a man-sized hole that is a part of the wall in underground. The narrator makes his move and chains Fortunato quickly and begins to close off Fortunato by filling the wall with bricks one by one. It gets too easy for the narrator and as he gets to the last brick, he mentally abuses Fortunato by teasing him. He begs and begs and begs just like any man would when looking death so closely...

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